CORNELIA ORIEOMA USONKA
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
This study, Parliamentary Resolutions and Good governance: A study of 7th senate of the Nigerian National Assembly undertook an examination of how good governance has remained elusive in Nigeria’s political terrains despite several parliamentary resolutions on matters of (urgent) public importance by the Legislature. The study therefore, tried to ascertain whether there is any link between these resolutions and good governance in Nigeria. The researcher, studied the role of these resolutions in legislation, identified the challenges in the formation and implementation of these resolutions and examined how parliamentary resolutions have enhanced good governance in Nigeria. The study adopted decision making Framework-Snyder’s decision making theory and rational model theory. This should contribute to the development of better resolutions. The research methodology was qualitative with Ex-post facto design technique via an observational approach that involves field and sample survey. The study covers the Resolutions of the 7th Senate of the Nigerian National Assembly, on diverse topical issues that influenced national destiny within the period under review. The study concluded that, resolutions are viable instruments of legislation with enormous benefits that could deliver good governance although they have no legal force, they do have moral force and can be non-binding, referring to measures that do not become laws and are used to differentiate those measures from bills, which are also resolutions in the technical sense. Recommendations for the future direction of this stream of research are given which among others stated that Resolutions made should be followed up to ensure compliance and implementation in order to enhance good governance.