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Senegal dissolves Senate to Save Money & Help Flood Victims



Photo Credit: Reuters

Photo Credit: Reuters

Senegalese Senators have passed a law to dissolve its Senate in order to save an estimated $15 million for victims of recent deadly floods in the country.

The decision was reached after a vote between it’s 150-seat National Assembly and 100-seat Senate. BBC reports that the Senate members had fought to be retained, but lost in the joint session of parliament.

According to the report, President Macky Sall has said the money reserved for the upper house will also go towards preventing further flooding.

The Congress also abolished the position of vice-president which no one has held since its creation in 2009 by then President Abdoulaye Wade.


  1. Lol

    April 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm


    • morolake

      April 21, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Saraki & Co take note.

  2. prince

    April 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    And our very own still seats and collect money in the midst of plenty (I refuse to say otherwise)

  3. Benson Ossai

    April 20, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Desperate time need desperate measure.I bet u this will never happen in Nigeria.Very greedy people in the hallow chamber of Nigeria.Common to buy utility vehicle for their work they had to double the price.Well done Senegal the way to go.Hope other African countries will take drastic measures in time of emergencies.

  4. Dtruth

    April 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Only 3 comments?? This is exactly why how nation is in the state we find ourselves…if it were a piece on Linda Ikeji, Wizkid , you will see millions of ideas, comments and contributions on such an unimportant and irrelevant subject…A nation sure gets the leadership it deserves….Our leaders are just a reflection of our shallowness/mindset

    • Azeez

      April 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      You can’t blame people who didn’t contribute,I went for a group chat and I was talking about decency onlin and a yo uth like me said it’s social so why the call for morality online…..we indeed deserve the type of leaders we get…

  5. Oma

    April 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Naija come and learn how it is done! You don’t even need to go far to learn the meaning of leadership and democracy, this is coming from our own very Senegalese brothers, SMH

  6. Niola

    April 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    @D Truth I think people are just tired of the nation’s issues but we cant be tired o, if we didn’t nag them about the utility vehicles there would have been no need for the explanation given by Gobir however silly that reason . There is so much to be done and this suffering and smiling attitude will get us no where. Of course BN must have put up the article in an attempt for a stark comparison but people are uninterested..

  7. Engoz

    April 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Just read the BBC report, majority of the senators were from the opposition. Though I would like for something like this to happen in Nigeria, we still need a body that checks the powers of the Presidency. In the case of Nigeria, instead of dissolving the whole institution, I would like for the salaries of the senate, house of representative, local government chairmen to be reduced to that of a secondary school teacher. All other cash allowances they used to get should be scraped off. We would permit their children from their lawfully wedded wives (not mistresses) to have free education in federal schools. We will also give them free healthcare benefits. The point is, the only cash they will receive will be their salary, other perks of being of service to the country will be cashless. Serving your country in the name of politics should not be a medium to get rich from. If you want to be rich, invent something. We still need the senate, otherwise we stand the risk of running a tyrannical government of which Africa boasts of.

  8. UB40

    April 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Its laudable yes, but also very risky for Senegal as a country because as it stands, who checkmates the executive? I hope it won’t become a case of the president wanting to remain in power forever. The other option would have been to cut off most of their allowance, Just my thoughts.

    • EH

      April 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      National Assembly can do that (house of rep). I don’t think senate is needed to be honest..always wondered why the system was set up that way

  9. Annette

    April 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Meanwhile, our own will hold on to their seats even if the country is dying around them. What really hits me is that it was the Senate that voted to lose their positions to help their country. This is the point of politics. Try and collect senate seat from our own and they will jump fence and beating eachother up with the seal. Mscheeew.

  10. kekendeh

    April 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Well done Senegalese government under President Macky Sall,A government is by the people,of the people and for the people,,so making sacrifices for the common good of it’s citizens at all times must be paramount on any just government more so if natural disaster struck,instead of busy filling up your pockets,lend a hand to a the needy.

  11. AB

    April 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    @ ub40 You are right on the risk of no checks on the executive’s power…but this step is laudable! A govt that wants to look after its own, I doubt our own government will ever do this though, they too greedy and some myopic in thinking….I hope all works well in the end for Senegal…God help them ….

  12. What?

    April 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    How on earth is this a good thing? The senate are the people’s representatives.

  13. Tunmi

    April 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This is worrying. They could have cut their salaries and allowances in half. You need checks and balances. Okay, until when will the Senate be brought back?

  14. jess

    April 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    The only way forward is to make the “business of politics” less profitable. If minimum wage is 18,000 why can’t a senator earn 300k a month with no allowances. If this is done we will have people who really want to serve in power. We will have the leaders of tomorrow we have been singing about for decades now in power. I don’t support the scrapping of the senate as they have their functions rather we should make their salary so meagre it will attract only those that want to serve the country. The operative word is SERVE.

  15. Bleed Blue

    April 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    This bicameral legislature business can be a very expensive one not suited to countries with a majority of impoverished citizens

    Good move from Senegal.

  16. Paulette

    April 20, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    What I understand is that they went from bicameral to unicameral, They still have a legislative arm of government, they have their House of Reps, just no more Senate.
    In the bygone years Nigeria had a unicameral system as well. And we need to go back to that..
    We copied from US on bicameral, when truly of what positive effect has it had to have 2 houses?
    Scrap Senate reduce allowances of Reps and save money, instead we are borrowing left right and center.

  17. Senegalese

    April 21, 2016 at 12:53 am

    This news article is an expired food being fed to hungry people. This measure was taken about 5 years ago in Senegal We had two houses in parliament, the senate was our lower house, we still have the “Assemblée Nationale” which is upper house and resumes parliament. Again, we do not have the same system as Nigeria, and haven’t seen any major flooding since. As a communication expert, I can tell this is staged news served to shock Nigerians and make you become critical about your system.

    • Bleed Blue

      April 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Hot damn!

  18. Ebony

    April 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Imagine! It’s the senators that passed the law for them to be dissolved. Do you get that?!
    When will Nigerians stop being self-absorbed and insensitive?
    All levels of government should reflect the true condition of the country.
    No one is saying our senators shouldn’t be well paid. But it should not come at a cost and a burden to the country and the citizens. Let’s learn to be fair.
    We can’t keep going on with business as usual when the masses are suffering!!
    What really is our motivation to “serve”?
    Even though majority of the senators were in opposition in this case, at least there was consideration for it before the got to the point of opposing.
    Which way Nigeria?
    I’m not saying we should dissolve our senate entirely, but there is so much opportunity to cut cost and direct the savings to real sustainable projects

  19. Tosin

    April 21, 2016 at 11:06 am

    is it like that they dissolve?

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