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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan speaks on ‘scrapping House of Reps’

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan,has said the adoption of a bicameral legislature by the framers of the constitution was intended to address the country’s diversity and ethnic composition to ensure equity.

Lawan said Nigeria should maintain a bicameral legislature consisting of the Senate and House of Representatives as presently constituted.

He said the adoption of a bicameral legislature by the framers of the constitution was intended to address the country’s diversity and ethnic composition to ensure justice, equity and fairness for all Nigerians irrespective of their background.

Recall that Senator Rochas Okorocja had canvassed for the scrapping of the House of Representatives.

But the Senate President 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, noted that 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.

He said: “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.

“It is a conscious decision and design to ensure that everybody is represented in the country. We need bicameral legislature in Nigeria.”

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