Perspectives On The Legislature
Notwithstanding the return of democracy in Nigeria 1999, the legislative arm of government is yet to get its grip firmly on the way it should discharge its duties. This is mainly to the fact that the legislative organ lacks the capacity to discharge its duties.
A good number of legislators are coming into the legislature for the first time as we have seen in the case of 2011 election where legislative turnover stood at above 75%, state like Kogi had legislative turnover of above 98%. The legislators are not the only one that lack capacity in this regard, also legislative support staff do not have the capacity to provide the needed legislative support. The capacity lapses in Nigerian legislature manifests mainly in the areas of law making and legislative process, financial and technicalities, oversight function etc.Click Here to Download PDF of Legislative Digest December 2012