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Three Senators Per State Cannot Work – Rochas Okorocha

Rochas OkorochaEx governor of Imo state, Owele Rochas Okorocha, has said he does not agree with having three senators per state.

According to the successful politician, one senator from every state is enough.

Rochas, who spoke at the plenary, said the number of lawmakers from every state has to be reduced if we want the cost of governance to decrease as well.

His words, “What (are) three senators doing that one senator cannot do?”

“Here, we have three senators per state. Over there,(house of representatives) over there, we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance.”

Do you agree?

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha (born 22 September 1962) is a Nigerian politician of Igbo extraction from Imo State. Okorocha is a former governor and the senator representing Imo West Senatorial district at the 9th Nigerian Senate, who won the 6 May 2011 gubernatorial election in Imo State and was reelected for his second term on April 11, 2015. The former governor will represent the Imo West Senatorial District at the red chamber.

He is the founder of Rochas Foundation, a charity comprising a number of special schools that are spread all over Nigeria that gives scholarship to the less privileged children in the Nigerian society. In his first attempt, he ran on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) platform and ran on the platform All Progressives Congress for his second term.

Rochas, was born on 22 September 1962 in Ogboko, Ideato South, Imo State. He attended Juladaco High School, Jos (1976-1981). He studied at the University of Jos (1990-1991), obtaining a diploma in Public Administration. He returned to the University of Jos (1993-1994) to obtain an advanced diploma in Public Administration. Career positions include President, Nigeria Red Cross Society, President/Founder, Rochas Foundation Inc, President, Rochas Group of Companies Limited, Pro Chancellor, African Business School and Former Chairman, Board of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency. As the head of the National Airport Management Authority (NAMA), Rochas Okorocha, was caught and dismissed for embezzling about $1 million through an inflated contract; Obasanjo then appointed him as a senior aide, without requiring Okorocha to repay the stolen funds. Okorocha was eventually fired on July 13 in a cabinet reshuffle, but went on to start a political party for his renewed presidential ambitions.

Okorocha was a Commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and a Member of the National Constitutional Conference. When democracy was restored in 1999, Rochas Okorocha competed in the primaries to be People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor of Imo State, but lost to Achike Udenwa. He moved to the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), and was an unsuccessful candidate for President on the ANPP platform in 2003. He returned to the PDP, and President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as Special Adviser on Inter-Party affairs.

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