Constitutional review: Questions for lawmakers

By Franklin Ebuka


The legislature is a body of people’s representatives elected from different constituencies and districts to represent and protect the interests and aspirations of their people for their common good and generally, that of the nation. In a federal system of government, the legislature is usually part of the government at the federal and state levels. In Nigeria, we refer to the legislature at the federal level as the National Assembly, which consists of the Senate and House of Representatives (Bi-cameral legislature). At the state level, there is the House of Assembly. Though they vary in scope, their functions are basically the same.

The legislature is one arm of government which its responsibility matters a lot in any given democracy. This underscores why it is called the bastion or pillar of democracy. Hence, when it is not robust or living up to its billing, it is reflected in governance or service delivery. In Nigeria,…

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