National Assembly (Nigeria)

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National Assembly
9th Nigeria National Assembly
Seal of the Senate of Nigeria.svg
Seal of the Senate of Nigeria
Seal of the House of Representatives of Nigeria.svg
Seal of the House of Representatives of Nigeria
House of Representatives
New session started
11 June 2019
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan (APC)
since 11 June 2019
Femi Gbajabiamila (APC)
since 11 June 2019
109 Senators
360 Representatives
Current Structure of the Nigerian Senate
Senate political groups
Current Structure of the Nigerian House of Representatives
House of Representatives political groups
  Vacant: 4 seats
Senate last election
23 February 2019
23 February 2019
Senate next election
18 February 2023
18 February 2023
Meeting place
National Assembly Complex
Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

The National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a bicameral legislature established under section 4 of the Nigerian Constitution. It consists of a Senate with 109 members[1] and a 360-member[2] House of Representatives. The body, modeled after the federal Congress of the United States, is supposed to guarantee equal representation with 3 Senators to each 36 states irrespective of size in the Senate plus 1 senator representing the FCT and single-member district, plurality voting in the House of Representatives. The National Assembly, like many other organs of the Nigerian federal government, is based in Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory.


The Senate is chaired by the President of the Nigerian Senate, the first of whom was Nnamdi Azikiwe, who stepped down from the job to become the country's first Head of State. The House is chaired by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. At any joint session of the Assembly, the President of the Senate presides and in his absence the Speaker of the House presides.[3]

President of the Senate Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan 11 June 2019–present
Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila 11 June 2019–present


The Assembly has broad oversight functions and is empowered to establish committees of its members to scrutinise bills and the conduct of government officials. Since the restoration of democratic rule in 1999, the Assembly has been said to be a "learning process" that has witnessed the election and removal of several Presidents of the Senate, allegations of corruption, slow passage of private member's bills and the creation of ineffective committees to satisfy numerous interests.

In spite of a more than two-thirds majority control of the Assembly by the then ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), the PDP government led by Goodluck Jonathan and the Assembly have been known more for their disagreements than for their cooperation. Jonathan has been accused of being slow to implement policy. Many bills, some from as long ago as 2007, is still awaiting the President's assent. While the Assembly has made strong and often popular efforts to assert its authority and independence against the executive, it is still viewed generally in a negative light by the media and many of the Nigerian people. The Assembly sits for a period of at most four years, after which time the President is required to dissolve it and call a new Assembly into the session.

The Senate has the unique power to impeach judges and other high officials of the executive including the Federal Auditor-General and the members of the electoral and revenue commissions. This power is, however, subject to a prior request by the President. The Senate also confirms the President's nomination of senior diplomats, members of the federal cabinet, federal judicial appointments, and independent federal commissions.

Before any bill may become law, it must be agreed to by both the House and the Senate, and receive the President's assent.[4] Should the President delay or refuse assent (veto) the bill, the Assembly may pass the law by two-thirds of both chambers and overrule the veto and the President's consent will not be required. The present Assembly has not hidden its preparedness to overrule the executive where they disagree.


The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS)[5] is an organ of the National Assembly established by an Act of Parliament. Former President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the National Institute for Legislative Studies Act 2011 on 2 March 2011 following the passage of the same by the Senate and the House of Representatives. NILS builds on the successes of the Policy Analysis and Research Project (PARP), established in 2003 as a capacity building institution of the National Assembly with the financial support of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). NILS has as its core objectives to provide quality academic and professional research, policy analysis, training, documentation and advocacy on democratic governance and legislative practice and procedures.[6] The functions of NILS are similar to the services offered to the US congress by Congressional Research Service, Congressional Budget Office, Library of Congress only on a lesser scale as the institute was just established.[7] The Institute has been renamed the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, following the amendment to the Act establishing it.

National Assembly State Delegations

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See also


  1. ^ "About The Senate". National Assembly (Nigeria). Archived from the original on 30 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ "About The House". National Assembly (Nigeria). Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ Odeyemi, Temitayo Isaac; Abioro, Tunde (4 August 2018), "Digital Technologies, Online Engagement and Parliament-Citizen Relations in Nigeria and South Africa", Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development, Springer International Publishing, pp. 217–232, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-93509-6_12, ISBN 9783319935089
  4. ^ Inioluwa, Olaposi (27 May 2020). "Section 58 of the 1999 Constitution". LawGlobal Hub. Retrieved 12 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ ICT, NILS. "National Institute for Legislative Studies".
  6. ^ Assembly, Nigerian National. "National Assembly - Federal Republic of Nigeria".
  7. ^ "The Nation Newspaper Nigeria - Read Latest Nigeria News". The Nation Nigeria.

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