Breaking: The House of Representatives moves to switch from the presidential to the parliamentary system


The All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Lagos State, Wale Raji, was a prominent sponsor of the bill, which was read aloud for the first time in the House of Representatives. The lawmakers cited the need to reduce government costs as well as robust policy debates as reasons for demanding a return to the parliamentary system of government. No fewer than sixty members of the Federal House of Representatives are seeking amendments to the 1999 Constitution to move from the presidential to parliamentary system of government.

A parliamentary system of government is a democratic one in which the party (or coalition of parties) with the highest number of members in the legislature (parliament) forms the government. The chancellor or prime minister serves as its head.

Members of the parliament that the prime minister appoints to the cabinet carry out executive tasks. The minority’s role is to oppose the majority and must consistently raise issues with it.

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When a majority of the ruling party or the parliament loses faith in a prime minister, they may be dismissed from office. Britain created the parliamentary system, which was later adopted by a number of its former colonies.

Parliamentary government was used throughout the First Nigerian Republic, which ran from October 1963 to January 1966.

If the bill is approved, the president’s assent is still needed for it to become a law and be included into the Constitution.

The National Assembly can overcome the president’s veto with the support of two thirds of its members if he chooses not to grant consent.

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