Nigeria decides on 14th and 28th February 2015
It’s funny that a lot of us don’t even know how our government is being run, we are a democracy and not a military government, although we have been ruled by military for a better part of our indepence, but even under a democracy our mindsets still act as if we are still under dictatorship, and even though the bulk starts and stops(at least most of it) on the president’s desk, he is still one man, and there is a bigger chunk of people we need to be worried about.
How many of us know our member of senate, both National and State? How many of us even know our constituency? I am not talking about just our local government now, which we should also focus on hopefully in another post, but that our LGA together with other LGA’s makes up a constituency which could be in 2parts.
I have also been guilty of focussing on only the President and the governor of my state of birth and residence, but did you know that there are more powerful people we should focus on? These people are in charge of passing bills, they are in charge of checking the excessive of the executive and judiciary, they have the power to impeach the president and or governor of a state, and rumor has it that their take home pay is more than that of even the president, do the math if you consider that they are 109+360.
On Election Day, come 14th of February it is not just the presidential office we would be voting for, but also the National Assembly, come 28th of February we would not only be voting Governorship but also the state house of assembly. Let’s get to know them, both the current and the incoming, some are hoping to be returned, is it not even funny that they don’t even campaign for our votes, yet they get voted in just because the public don’t know them, and they are the major reasons why some areas have not seen development, if they used half of their salary or even their constituency allowance once a year in their constituency, Nigeria would have been an Eldorado by now, the time has come for us to shine our eye Nigerians, imagine if you knew who was in charge of your constituency, would it not be easier to reach out to them and ask for their justification of such salary and time spent in office?
The National Assembly is Nigeria’s bicameral legislature and the highest elective law-making body of the country. It consists of the 109-member Senate and the 360-member House of Representatives. The term of the National Assembly is 4-years from the date of its first sitting after the general elections. The National Assembly of Nigeria has two chambers. The House of Representatives is presided over by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. It has 360 members, elected for a four year term in single-seat constituencies.
The current 7th National Assembly (2011-2015) was inaugurated on 6th June, 2011. Out of the 109 Senators of the Senate, 36 were re-elected while 73 were elected for the first time. Out of the 360 members of the House of Representatives, 100 were re-elected while 260 were elected for the first time.
This site http://www.nassnig.org will give you an overview of members of both Chambers of the National Assembly, their Committees and the legislative activities of the Parliament.
Will be posting snapshots of the current National Assembly in the next post for Lagos, and also the INEC list of those who are hoping to enter this year, stay tuned