A prudent, more goal-directed government would have scaled down on the number of attendees to save cost; better still they could have invited the seminar organizers to send in a representative to Enugu State to teach these so called legislators how to legislate! Or make the members take a compulsory class on legislating in one of the numerous institutions in Enugu State or have some consultants organize one for them. Icheoku wonders out loud, what was their business in the first place being legislators when they do not know how to legislate - their primary assignment? Or is it the Nigerian proverbial refresher course which has been proven that nothing is ever refreshed of the NIgerian attendees? Otherwise why the more of the same with successive governments? For a simple education, a legislator for Enugu State should concern him/herself with those aspects of life challenges facing the people of Enugu State particularly his/her constituency, which needs some improvements and then tailor whatever legislation to take care of those needs. Such a local legislator from Enugu State does not need to travel to America to find a solution to the basic peculiar problems facing a man at Amodu-Awkunanaw! It does not make sense and it defies every logic except that of embezzlement! Why go to Harrods for what is available at Ogbete?
What are they going to learn in America about legislating in Enugu State? How not to steal elections? How to conduct an orderly elections? How to first stand for election and be elected and not merely selected into positions? How to be honorable? How to prioritize their legislative agenda and not be selfish about that? How not to be endemically corrupt? How to be more accountable and responsible? How not to directly collect their constituency allocations for their private use? It is as pitiful as it is regrettable that all these charlatans in governments throughout Nigeria and now particularly in Enugu State are doing, is to exploit every opportunity to siphon the peoples' money and sometimes use it for frivolous ends. What has anybody in government in Nigeria ever learnt from such seminars when evidence on the ground does not translate that such seminars were ever attended by anyone? The reasoning of the Enugu State House of Assembly for embarking on this frivolity, is that such overseas trip was done in the previous Chimaroke Nnamani government, so it is now their turn to enjoy similar trip; which Icheoku will observe that some of these legislators will be stepping out of the shores of Nigeria for the first time in their lives with this trip. Icheoku says, since some of the members have gone before, why couldn't such previous attendees brief the new members on how to legislate or even drop out from this one? Couldn't the administration organize locally-sourced consultants from the abundant Universities political science and law departments in Nigeria to lecture or organize seminars for the legislators on the art of legislating?
Irrespective of the subterfuge being given for this wasteful jamboree, Icheoku says it is uncalled for as it is an exercise in wasteful spending! And for a state like Enugu State where some people have no jobs, no drinking water, no electricity, no good roads, no medical care, no food etc, it is atrocious to waste such enormous amount of resources for a mere junketing. Admitted that 200 million Naira ordinarily may not sound too much for a State but a more prudent government could have spent this money rather responsibly to create new jobs or fix one of the severally broken things within the infrastructure of the state. Spending it for a seminar in America does not make sense as you are wasting scarce resources that could have been more wisely applied to benefit the state. The legislators will not improve nor will they change or reform their habits as proved from past experiences so why embark on another fruitless exercise? Icheoku heretofore and unequivocally condemns this ill-advised extravaganza and suggests that it should be scrapped or at least scaled down! Two hundred (200) million Naira could be better spent improving things in Enugu State, Nigeria than on a junket in America! Now, the story titled U.S. Denies Enugu Lawmakers Visa For Seminar Abroad which many discerning minds have called irresponsible appropriation of scarce resources!
***Plan by governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State to organise a N200 million seminar for the state's House of Assembly members in far away United States of America has met with a brick wall as the U.S. embassy has denied all of them visa. The seminar which was scheduled to commence on October 28 had visa been issued to the lawmakers should have ended on November 14. Governor Chime is sponsoring the trip to U.S. in what some analysts said was a move to woo the Assemblymen to support his current administration as well as his re-election bid for a second term in office.