Seventy-one house of representatives member on Thursday sponsored a bill to introduce the parliamentary system of government in the country.

The bill was  read for the first time on the floor of the house during plenary.

Nigeria practiced the parliamentary system of government during the first republic between 1960 and 1966 before the military incursion into Nigeria politics with the advent of the January 15 1966 coup.

With the return to civilian rule in 1979, which ushered in the second republic, Nigerian constitution was tailored to that of American presidential system of government.

Nigeria currently practices a presidential system of government.

The major difference between these two systems is that in a presidential system, the president is directly voted into power by the people while in a parliamentary system, the legislature holds supreme and votes a prime minister into power; there is also no clear separation of power.

Addressing journalists, the 71 lawmakers said a parliamentary system of government will help achieve economic growth and development in the country.

The lawmakers led by Kingsley Chinda from Rivers state said: “Studies have shown that countries run by presidential regimes consistently produce: lower output growth, higher and more volatile inflation, and greater income inequality relative to those under parliamentary ones.

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