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Nigeria's Legislative Process

Nigeria's Legislative Process

Author: Nigerian Institute Of Advanced Legal Studies


Date Published: Monday, 14-January-2019 5:00:46 PM

In most democratic societies, there are three organs of government- the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary; each having its own functions. In modern democracies, the powers of the Legislature in ensuring good governance cannot be over emphasised. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, vests the Legislature with the powers to make laws for the good governance of the Federation. At the Federal Level, the Nigerian Legislature operates a bicameral legislature with the Senate and the House of Representatives jointly referred to as the National Assembly. At the state level, it operates a unicameral legislature where each state has its own State House of Assembly.Nigeria has witnessed its longest ever democratic rule. Since 1999 when the military government handed over power to civilians, there have been four inaugurated assemblies including the current assembly. It can be said that giving the hitches in democratic governance, the Nigerian Legislative Process is maturing; time and events bring about experiences which become vital in building the human capacity sufficient to debate on and make our laws.