Joseph Akinlaja is a Nigerian lawmaker from Ondo state and representing his people has become a more difficult task.

He says the harsh economic condition in the country has made things tougher for his people and this is affecting his own purse.

The pressure, he explained, is on most lawmakers in terms of health, education and finance of their people.

“A typical legislator today now is a conduit pipe that receives his remuneration from one hand and passes it on to the other.

“If I receive a typical text message, the first part is prayer for me. The second paragraph is ‘I need your financial assistance for this and that’ and the third part is ‘here are my account details’, to which I must send money.

“It was not like that before. This is my second term in the National Assembly, the first term was not as difficult for me as this, in terms of requests from my constituents,” he lamented.

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The PDP man, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (downstream) blames the situation on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He would not even accept that Nigeria’s population makes it difficult for the government.

“Population is an asset,” he declared, explaining that Nigeria’s failure to properly harness the potential in its population has been a major problem.

For someone who has been a major player in the oil sector as a former chairman of NUPENG, Akinlaja proffers some solutions.

“What has always been the problem is the issue of supply and what can be the solution is local refinery,” he declared.

Akinlaja's words were captured during a live TV show on Tuesday.


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