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Business and Economy#MondayMeme: Guidelines For Writing a Public Petition to The National Assembly (2)

#MondayMeme: Guidelines For Writing a Public Petition to The National Assembly (2)

By Tammy Asawo-Fila

In this concluding part of writing a petition to the National Assembly, we take a look at the don’ts, processes, and key points you should note. 

What Should Not be Included in a Petition 

A request for the grant of public funds without the recommendation of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 

Writing a Petition of which there is a judicial remedy (where a court has enforced a right, imposed a penalty for the harm of a wrongful act inflicted on an individual. A printed, photocopied, faxed or electronic signature


The Public Petition Process in the National Assembly

  • The Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions receives the petition referred from the Senate/House of Representatives.
  • The Clerk of the Committee sends a notice to the Respondent.
  • After the Respondent replies, the Committee fixes a date for the hearing of the petition.
  • The Notice of Hearing Date is sent to the Petitioner and Respondent, as well being publicly announced.
  • The Petitioner presents his/her case first.

The Public Petition Process in the National Assembly

  • The hearing is presided by the Chairman or the Deputy-Chairman, and at least one-third of the members of the Committee must be present.
  • The Respondent presents his/her reply to the petitioner’s allegations.
  • Members of the Committee may interrogate both parties on their statements/testimonies.
  • The Committee prepares a report of the hearing with its findings and recommendations.
  • The Report is laid before the Both Chambers in plenary for final decision.
  • The Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA) will notify both the Petitioner and Respondent of the resolution of the Senate.

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Important Aspects to Note

  • The two chambers of the National Assembly through their Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition has set up a process of treating complaints and petitions received from members of the public.
  • The Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions is vested with powers to receive Petitions from the public and provide redress for infractions.
  • This Guide is to simplify and create knowledge for citizens who intend to use the public petitions process to pursue redress against administrative injustice, human rights abuse or other infringements suffered by them.
  • It is also aimed at creating an understanding of the public petitions process, so that citizens who may not know of its effectiveness or even its availability may know and take advantage of it. 

MondayMeme is a special public programme by OrderPaper designed to break down esoteric, terminologies, processes, and procedures of the legislators. 

Compiled by Tammy Asawo-Fila. 

Tammy Asawo-Fila
Tammy Asawo-Fila
A quick-thinking, result-oriented and creative individual with a burning devotion to work and people skills. A Law Graduate from the North American University, Benin Republic, he is currently a Programme Assistant at OrderPaper Nigeria where he does research, data analysis, and reports news.
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