The House of Representatives has introduced a bill proposing a change in Nigeria’s system of government from Presidential to Parliamentary system.
The bill which was sponsored by Hon. Kingsley Chinda and 70 others was read for the first time at yesterday’s plenary.
According to the proponents of the bill, the proposed amendment clearly points to compelling advantages of the parliamentary system of government to economic growth and development as well as it’s inherent efficiency in the conduct of government businesses.
Addressing journalists, the lawmakers led by Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai noted that the presidential system currently practiced by Nigeria consistently produces lower output growth; higher and more volatile inflation; greater income inequality; slow passage of legislations and political and economic instability.
Ossai argued that “due to excessive powers domiciled to one man under Presidential systems, consensus building that is often required for economic decision is always lacking.
“The level of instability and volatility of presidential systems makes it difficult to achieve economic objectives; the over centralization of government decisions that are prevalent in presidential systems obstruct economic development when compared to the parliamentary or hybrid systems;
“Parliamentary systems promote inclusion and collectiveness which is critical to equality of income distribution and opportunities and the decentralization of powers in parliamentary systems help to douse tensions in countries like Nigeria”, he stated.
Also speaking on the proposed legislation, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno posited that the Presidential system is expensive especially for a developing country like Nigeria that is multi ethnic and religious in nature adding that the concentration of power in the center is detrimental to development of federating Units.
On his part, Hon. Abdussamad Dasuki, opined that the proposed system remains the best option for the country given that presidential system which has been practiced over the years has not addressed the many challenges the country is facing.
Dasuki expressed optimism that with the parliamentary system in place, Nigerian youths will have more opportunities as well as ensure national development.