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THE LEGISLATURE Sen. David Mark, Senate President Hon. Dimeji Bankole, Speaker, House of Representative The Legislature is that arm of governm...
Sen. David Mark, Senate President
Hon. Dimeji Bankole, Speaker, House of Representative
The Legislature is that arm of government that is charged with the responsibility of making laws for the good governance of the country.
The Legislative powers of the Federal Government are invested in the National Assembly which consist of a Senate (i.e. an Upper House) and a House of Representatives. The legislative powers of a state are vested in a unicameral legislative called House of Assembly.
The House of Representatives currently has 346 members elected on the 4year term in the first instance and not more than two terms. The maximum number of seats allowed by the 1999 constitution is 360. The Head of the House of Representatives is called the Honorable Speaker.
The Senate is made up of members elected into that upper house on a four year term. Each state of the Federal Republic of Nigeria produces three senators while the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja produces one. The Head of the senate is referred to as the Senate President.
The two houses work in collaboration with the Executive arm in budgetary appropriation, the enactment of laws etc. A bill for a law may originate from either of the houses but for it to be accented to by the President, both Houses would have to pass it. In essence, the Legislature and the Executive ensure collaborative balance in the governance of the Federation.
For more information visit,
www.nassnig.org (The official website of the Nigerian National Assembly)
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