The Senate President of the, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ahmad Lawan, has insisted that Nigeria will do better if it continues with the bicameral legislature it is practicing currently , instead of scrapping the House of Reps and moving to unicameral legislature.
According to Senator Lawan, the bicameral legislature model mostly suits the diversity that exists in Nigeria.
Recently, the call for the scrapping of the House of Reps and a switch to a unicameral legislature has increased and most recently, Senator Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State also made the call.
Senator Lawan made his position known while speaking at the third University of Benin/National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) convocation ceremony which held on Monday at the National Assembly in Abuja.
According to him, having a unicameral legislature may create problems of non-representation and exclusion from governance for minority ethnic groups in the country, as well as inefficient representation for groups in the majority.
In his words “Nigeria has consciously adopted to have a bicameral National Assembly; it is because of who and what we are.
“The diversity of Nigeria and ethnic composition of the country requires that we have a system that provides justice, equity and fair play.
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“It is a conscious decision and design to ensure that everybody is represented in the country. We need bicameral legislature in Nigeria.”