Mr Adeseye Ogunlewe, former minister for works under the Obasanjo administration; has passed a damning verdict on the nation’s democratic process which he termed ‘expensive democracy’. He stated this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme where he was a guest.
“The military built more roads in Nigeria than democracy because they (military) could fund infrastructural development. There were no national assembly, unlike the democracy where 71 per cent of the budget goes to salaries of national assembly members and tonnes of aides,” the former Minister said.
Criticizing the nation’s system of government, Mr Ogunlewe said: “the presidential system of government is not good for developing country because it is too expensive and at the expense of the much needed infrastructural development.
“Our system of government is too pro-salary.
“We use our commonwealth which is resources from crude oil to pay salaries of just about 1 million people” he added.
According to him, the nation’s constitution is also ‘not careful’ “by saying that all revenue must go to the Consolidated Revenue Fund and be shared.
“Section 80 of the Constitution which demands that all revenue must go the Consolidated Revenue Fund is the cause of this problem.”
He therefore lent his support to the call for a national conference “sovereign or not” to determine the system of government most acceptable to Nigerians.
Mr Ogunlewe also suggested the involvement of Nigerian Military Engineers in revamping the nation’s infrastructure.
“We must involve the military Engineers in the building of our infrastructure-as it is done abroad-because they are very efficient and competent.”