The Processes of Law Making in a Presidential System of Government: The Nigerian Experience

Paul Y. Mbaya, Charas Madu Tella, Raphael Audu Adole


No modern society can exist without a system of laws. The institution of law is therefore crucial to the social organization of human beings. A modern society is a far –cry from the state of nature which is often described as a lawless society. In a presidential system of government, the process a bill goes through before becoming a law is essentially the same. Countries, however, have minor differences. The processes of law making generally requires a long period of deliberation and consideration of the many interests and implications of the bill. A bill must pass into various stages and readings before it can be passed to law. The paper discusses these processes of law making with particular reference to Nigeria and argues that people’s participation in these processes are very significance in facilitating good governance and better service delivery in Nigeria. The paper recommended among others that all bills should be open to public inputs, suggestions, comments and debate to attract public acceptance by Nigerians.

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