International Journal of Business & Law Research 3(2):27-32, April-June 2015
© SEAHI PUBLICATIONS, 2015


CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS: RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE AND THE LEGISLATURE


TSAV, Stephen Aondoana, Ph.D
Former Speaker
Benue State House of Assembly, Makurdi, Nigeria

ABSTRACT
The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides vivid roles between the Executive and the legislature. These constitutional provisions are succinctly enunciated to guide against any breach by any arm of Government in the discharge of its functions. However; the Nigerian experience has portrayed the executive and the legislature as strange bed fellows in the practice of the presidential system. This sometimes results to conflict between both arms of Government with attendant consequences on the Nationís democratic experiment. This paper, Constitutional Provision; Relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, examines the concept of the constitution, the relationship between the executive and the legislature in an emerging democracy in Nigeria. The paper further highlights the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances .The paper succinctly draws a conclusion towards strengthening Legislative- Executive relationship. Adequate recommendations were also highlighted.
Key words: Constitutional provisions, Executive, Legislature, Principles of separation of power, Checks and balances and Impeachment.