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Title:Parliamentary control of the executive in Nigeria
Author:Kermode, D.G.
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:executive power
Abstract:Main function of the Nigerian house of Representatives was to control the Government through criticism of its policies and finance. That such control was negligible in Nigeria is not surprising. The clearest indication of the lack of opportunities for criticism in Nigeria is the small number of days on which the House of Representatives actually sat (during the Second Parliament, 1965, to which this article almost entirely refers: 35 days). The main opportunities for the Opposition to put its case and for all Members to criticize and question the Government were during the debate on the President's address, during debates on legislation, during the time spent by the House on financial matters, through Private Member's motions, during adjournment debates and at question time. Examined is the use made by Members of each of these various opportunities. Conclusion is that parliamentary control of the executive was ineffective in Nigeria throughout the period from 1960 to 1966. Notes.