Senate of Nigeria

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Senate
8th National Assembly
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Type
Type
Leadership
Bukola Saraki, APC
Since June 9, 2015
Ike Ekweremadu, PDP
Since June 9, 2015
Structure
Seats 109
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Political groups

Governing Parties

Opposition Parties

Length of term
4 years
Elections
Multi-member plurality system
Last election
29 March 2015
Meeting place
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Abuja
Website
http://www.nass.gov.ng/
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The Senate is the upper house of the Nigeria's bicameral legislature, the National Assembly of Nigeria. The National Assembly (popularly referred to as NASS) is the nation's highest legislature, whose power to make laws is summarised in chapter one, section four of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. It consists of 109 senators: the 36 states are each divided in 3 senatorial districts each electing one senator; the Federal Capital Territory elects only one senator.

The President of the Senate is the presiding officer of the Senate, whose chief function is to guide and regulate the proceedings in the Senate. The Senate President is third in the Nigerian presidential line of succession. He is assisted by the Deputy President of the Senate. The current Senate President is Sen. Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress and the current Deputy Senate President is Ike Ekweremadu. The Senate President and his Deputy are also assisted by Principal Officers including the Majority Leader, Deputy Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Chief Whip, Deputy Chief Whip, Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip. In addition, there are 54 Standing Committees in the Senate chaired by Committee Chairmen.

The lower house is the House of Representatives.

Nigerian State Delegations[edit]

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Functions of the Senate[edit]

Legislation[edit]

Bills may be introduced in any chamber of the National Assembly. However,the Nigerian constitution provides that money bills (Revenue and Appropriation bills) must originate in the House of Representatives, although the approval of both the Senate and the House of Representatives is required for any bill, including money bills, to become law.

Checks and Balances[edit]

The constitution provides several unique functions for the Senate that form its ability to "check and balance" other elements of the Federal Government of Nigeria.These include the requirement that the Senate may advice and must consent to some of the President's government appointments; also the Senate must consent to all treaties with foreign governments and it tries all impeachments.

Majority and minority parties[edit]

The "Majority party" is the party that either has a majority of seats or can form a coalition or caucus with a majority of seats; if two or more parties are tied the Senate President's affiliation determines which party becomes the majority party. The second largest party is the Minority party.

Term[edit]

Senators serve a term of four years until a General election. Senators have unlimited tenure[2] and can remain in the chamber for as long as they are re-elected in general elections.

The list of senators for Nigeria's 8th Assembly[edit]

  • Mao Ohuabunwa (Abia North)
  • Theodore Orji (Abia Central)
  • Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South)
  • Bassey Albert (A/Ibom North East)
  • Godswill Akpabio (Akwa/Ibom West)
  • Nelson Effiong (A/Ibom South)
  • Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central)
  • Andy Uba (Anambra South)
  • Stella Oduah (Anambra North)
  • Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central)
  • Ben Murray-Bruce (Bayelsa East)
  • Emanuel Paulker (Bayelsa Central)
  • Ogola Foster (Bayelsa West)
  • David Mark (Benue South)
  • Rose Okoji Oko ( Cross River North)
  • Gershom Bassey(C/River South)
  • John Enoh (Cross River Central)
  • Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central)
  • Peter Nwaboshi (Delta North)
  • James Manager (Delta South)
  • Ogba Joseph (Ebonyi Central)
  • Samuel Egwu (Ebonyi North)
  • Sunday Oji (Ebonyi South)
  • Clifford Ordia (Edo Central)
  • Mathew Urhoghide (Edo South)
  • Francis Alimekhena (Edo North)
  • Duro Faseyi (Ekiti North)
  • Fatimat Raji-rasaki (Ekiti Central)
  • Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South)
  • Gilbert Nnaji (Enugu East)
  • Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West)
  • Utazi Chukwuka (Enugu North)
  • Philips Aduda (FCT)
  • Joshua Lidani (Gombe South)
  • Samuel Anyanwu (Imo East)
  • Uzodinma Goodhope (Imo West)
  • Achonu Nneji (Imo North)
  • Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South)
  • Mallam Shehu Sani, (Kaduna Central)
  • Uthman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North)
  • Philip Aruwa Gyunka (Nasarawa North)
  • Buruji Kashamu (Ogun East)
  • Prince Lanre Tejuosho (Ogun Central)
  • Gbolahan Dada (Ogun West)
  • Yele Omogunwa (Ondo South)
  • Jeremiah Useni (Plateau South)
  • Joshua Dariye (Plateau Central)
  • Jang Jonah (Plateau North)
  • George Sekibo (Rivers East)
  • Olaka Nwogu (Rivers S/East)
  • Osinakachukwu Ideozu (Rivers West)
  • Mohammed Hasan (Yobe South)
  • Abubakar Sani Danladi (Taraba North)
  • Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (Taraba Central)
  • Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba South)
  • Binta Masi Garba (Adamawa North)
  • Ahmadu Abubakar (Adamawa South)
  • Abdul Aziz Murtala Nyako (Adamawa Central)
  • Isah Hamma Misau (Bauchi Central)
  • Ali Wakili (Bauchi South)
  • Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North)
  • Barnabas Gemade (Benue East)
  • Akume George (Benue West)
  • Abubakar Kyari (Borno North)
  • Ahmad Zannah (Borno Central)
  • Ali Ndume (Borno South)
  • Francis Alimikhena (Edo North)
  • Bayero Nafada (Gombe North)
  • Goje Danjuma (Gombe Central)
  • Abubakar Gumel (Jigawa N/West)
  • Sabo Mohammed (Jigawa S/West)
  • Muhammad Shitu (Jigawa N/East)
  • Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North)
  • Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central)
  • Barau Jibrin (Kano North)
  • Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano Central)
  • Kabiru Gaya (Kano South)
  • Mustapha Bukar (Katsina North)
  • Abu Ibrahim (Katsina South)
  • Umaru Kurfi (Katsina Central)
  • Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North)
  • Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central)
  • Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South)
  • Dino Melaye (Kogi West)
  • Abdulsalami Ohiare (Kogi Central)
  • Air Marshal Isaac Alfa (Kogi East)
  • Shaába Lafiagi (Kwara North)
  • Bukola Saraki (Kwara Central)
  • Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara South)
  • Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central)
  • Olugbenga Ashafa (Lagos East)
  • Adeola Olamilekan (Lagos West)
  • Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West)
  • Suleman Asonya Adokwe(Nasarawa South)
  • Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi ( Niger North)
  • Mustapha Sani (Niger South)
  • David Umaru (Niger East)
  • Olanrewaju Tejuoso (Ogun Central)
  • Robert Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo North)
  • Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo Central)
  • Olusola Adeyeye (Osun Central)
  • Babajide Omoworare (Osun East)
  • Isiaka Adeleke (Osun West)
  • Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central)
  • Buhari Abdulfatai (Oyo North)
  • Adesoji Akanbi (Oyo South)
  • Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East)
  • Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto North)
  • Ibrahim Abdullahi (Sokoto South)
  • Bukar Baba Ibrahim (Yobe East)
  • Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North)
  • Kabir Garba Marafa (Zamfara Central)
  • Tijjani Yahaya Kaura (Zamfara North)
  • Ahmed Rufai Sani (Zamfara West)

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