- Ahmad Lawan, president of the Nigerian Senate, says the country cannot operate a unicameral legislature
- Lawan argues that the bicameral legislature being practised in the country ensures adequate representation of all ethnic groups
- The Senate president says Nigeria is a country with people who need fairness and equity at all times
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has maintained that citizens cannot do away with the Nigerian Senate or the House of Representatives as is currently being clamoured by a section of the country.
Lawan argued that the bicameral legislature being practised in Nigeria has an advantage, considering the diverse nature of the country and its ethnic composition.
The Senate president noted that the country needed to ensure justice, equity and fairness.
A statement from the Senate president's office made available to Legit.ng, quoted Lawan as making his stand known at the third University of Benin/National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) convocation ceremony in Abuja on Monday, October 28.
For him, scrapping any of the two arms of the National Assembly will create a huge problem of lack of adequate representation of the people.
“Nigeria has consciously adopted to have a bi-cameral 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 bi-cameral legislature in Nigeria," he argued.
Lawan urged legislators to insist on productivity in governance and justify the expenditure spent on them.
“We must be productive and we are on the way. We are on the way to proving that we are going to be productive,” the Senate president said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti recently said that Nigeria can do away with the Senate.
According to him, Nigeria can scrap the upper chamber and adopt a unicameral legislature.
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