Sustainable development and rule of law: unlocking legislative committee's creativity

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UNIZIK Law Journal, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra


In modern democracies, the legislature has numerous duties. As significant stage organ in any democratic development, it examines the legislative proposals in the process of their passage and is entrusted with overseeing executive responsibilities and keeps an eye on government activities. Legislative committee system is the most vital structure that permits the legislators or compartmentalize their labor and specialize in particular areas of activities. It is the most significant legislative mechanism and therefore commonly called “miniature legislatures” or “microcosms” of main legislative bodies. Therefore, this paper intends to analyze the function and role of the Nigerian legislative assembly committees in the post 1999 era to date and its contributions to sustainable development and rule of law through legislations. In doing so, this study identifies and examines the factors that has considerable influence in the working of the legislative committees in general and the Nigerian legislative assembly committee in particular. This paper considers the relationship between sustainable development and committee system in democratic society by, focusing on the national assembly. The goal is to identify the realm of committee’s function in legislative assembly and legislative process that are necessary for sustainable development in Nigeria societies where exclusive and holistic legislative action remain pervasive. Is it possible to employ committees system to achieve sustainable development?



legislature, development, committee, oversight, democracy, constitution