May 29: Evolution Of The House Of Representatives 20years After


Nigeria’s return to democratic rule in 1999 brought back the Legislative Arm following decades of military rule and decrees. Since the inauguration of the National Assembly 20 years ago, the House of Representatives remains pivotal to the growth of the country’s nascent democracy. KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL looks at how the House has evolved into a strong institution despite numerous challenges

Following the stillbirth of the Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda transition, Nigeria’s hope of experiencing democratic rule after decades of military rule became a reality when the National Assembly in the Fourth Republic, was inaugurated in 1999 as the third arm of government and for the first time the country had the liberty of having the full compliments of the three arms of government. The National Assembly is bi-cameral and is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives is composed of 360 members representing the federal constituencies as provided by…

Source: Leadership Newspaper