Pressure from constituents, affecting lawmakers health- Reps spokesman

The spokesman for the House of Representatives, Mr Benjamin Kalu says pressure from constituents i affecting the health of legislators at the National Assembly.

Mr Kalu made the statement while addressing newsmen after the house adjourned sitting to mourn a member Mr Ossy Prestige, who passed away after a brief illness in Germany at the age of 56.

He said the members were under undue pressure and it was responsible for the deteriorating health conditions of many of them..

“These guys here are suffering, these guys here are under stress that is why most of the sickness they are passing through is heart attack and failure of organs due to stress for their constituents.

“That is the truth, the pressure is too much, people are receiving pressure from constituents on issues that is way out of the scope.

“Those who are not suppose to build roads are asked to build road, those who are not suppose to build hospital are asked to build hospitals and so most members are under great pressure and some who do not know how to explain to their constituents, carry this pressure with them.

He said members use their private money to take care of some needs of the constituents and they assume the funds was coming from the Federal Government.

Kalu said that despite the pressure, member will continue to do their jobs as parliamentarians as it was an act of national service.

The lawmaker said that most Nigerians do not understand the role of parliamentarians saying that they will continue to educate the people.

He said though the job of parliamentarians is not to build roads, hospitals and school, they will continue to push for the good of their constituents.

Kalu said that the lawmakers were competent enough to perform their duties in spite of the pressure saying that that was why they were elected in the first place.

Responding to allegations that the house has been compromised over consideration of reports from investigative hearings, Kalu said such accusation is very hurting.

He said that the house cannot be compromised and that the integrity of its leadership can be defended even up to the high heavens.

The Lawmaker recalled that the house was once accused of being compromised by Bill Gates to pass the Disease Control Bill and that up till now, there was no evidence to prove such allegation.

He added that such allegations were being sponsored by mischief makers to paint members in bad light and divert the attention of Nigerians.

Mr Kalu, disclosed that constitution amendment, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and Electoral Act amendment will be the focus for the week.

The house spokesman urged the media to help the parliament to tell the story as it is as it remains the doors and windows of the public.

IBRAHIM SHEHU.

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