Senate President Godswill Akpabio asserts that among the three arms of government, legislators are the most misunderstood and frequently targeted by Nigerians.
According to The PUNCH, he noted that Nigerians often hold lawmakers responsible for various issues, even those beyond their direct control.
The Senate President, represented by Senator Shuaib Salisu of Ogun Central, conveyed these remarks on Sunday during the 100th birthday colloquium for Second Republic lawmaker Senator Kunle Oyero.
The event was organized by the Abeokuta Grammar School Old Boys Association in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Akpabio said, “The one arm of government that people don’t really understand and is always a subject of ridicule and attack is the legislature. In fact, people sometimes don’t think legislators do anything at all.
“The problem is that the metric of measuring the performance of the legislators by the electorate is different from what is contained in the syllabus. The syllabus will say as a legislator your role is to make laws, perform oversight functions and make appropriations; those are the three things a legislator must perform.
“But any senator that confines himself to that will not get a return ticket even in his party because the metric of measuring the performance of legislators is the number of transformers, and other material things they give to the people they are representing.”