WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NIGERIAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The lower house of Nigeria's Bicameral Legislature is known as the House of Representatives.

The house of representatives, (or the green chamber as it is fondly called), is made up of 360 members representing each of the federal constituencies of Nigeria.

Nigerian House of representatives

The plurality (or first-past-the-post) method is used to elect the members of the House of Representatives, who represent single-member constituencies.

House representative members. serves a four-year term with no cap on the number of terms they can serve.

The Speaker presides over meetings of the Nigerian House of Representatives. A deputy speaker supports the speaker in the House of Representatives.

Principal Officers of the House of Representatives

The majority leader, deputy majority leader, minority leader, deputy minority leader, chief whip, chief deputy whip, minority whip, and deputy minority whip are the eight principal officers of the Nigerian House of Representatives.

The Nigerian House of Representatives' current principal officers are as follows:

1. The majority leader is Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.

2. The deputy majority leader is Peter Akpatason.

3. The minority leader is Ndudi Elumelu

4. The deputy Minority Leader is Toby Okechukwu.

5. The majority whip is Mohammed Tahir Monguno.

6. The deputy Majority whip is Nkeiruka Onyejeocha

7. The Minority Whip is Gideon Lucas Gwani

8. The deputy minority whip is Adekoya Adesegun Abdel-Majid.

Number of Federal Constituencies in each Nigerian State 

StateNo (Fed. Constituencies)
Abia8
Adamawa8
Akwa Ibom10
Anambra11
Bauchi12
Bayelsa5
Benue11
Borno10
Cross River8
Delta10
Ebonyi6
Edo9
Ekiti6
Enugu8
Gombe6
Imo10
Jigawa11
Kaduna16
Kano24
Katsina15
Kebbi8
Kogi9
Kwara6
Lagos24
Nasarawa5
Niger10
Ogun 9
Ondo9
Osun9
Oyo14
Plateau8
Rivers13
Sokoto11
Taraba6
Yobe6
Zamfara7
Fct2
All360

Each federal constituency is represented by an honourable representative at the National Assembly.

With 24 members apiece, Lagos and Kano State had the most representation in the House of Representatives.

Kaduna State is the second-highest represented state in the House of Representatives, with 16 members.

In the House of Representatives, Katsina State has 15, Oyo State has 14, and Rivers State has 13 representatives.

Anambra State, Benue State, Jigawa State, and Sokoto State each have 11 representatives in the house of representatives, while Bauchi has 12 representatives.

Furthermore, Akwa-Ibom State, Borno State, Delta State, Imo State, and Niger state all have 10 members each in the house of representatives while Edo state, Kogi state, Ogun state, Osun, state, and Ondo state each have 9 states in the house of representatives.

States with 8 members in the House of reps are Abia, Adamawa, Cross-River, Enugu, Plateau, and Kebbi.

Only Zamfara state has seven representatives in the house of representatives; Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Kwara, Taraba, and Yobe all have six apiece

Bayelsa and Nasarawa each have 5 members in the house of representajon

Lastly, with only two representatives, the Federal Capital Territory is the least represented in the House of reps.

For a recap, the house of representatives is the lowest chamber of the Nigeria National Assembly.

It has a speaker, who is assisted by a deputy speaker. There are eight principals officers of the house of representatives namely; majority leader, deputy majority leader, minority leader, deputy minority leader, chief whip, chief deputy whip, minority whip, and deputy minority whip.

Lagos State and Kano has the most representatives in the house of reps with 24 members each while Bayelsa and Nasarawa has the least representative in the house of reps with 5 members.

Please note that Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is not a state. It is the capital city of Nigeria.

Even though the FCT is not a state, it is administered by elected authorities who are subject to federal oversight.

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