Former Senate President David Mark has voiced criticism over the National Assembly’s decision to expand the number of committees in both chambers. Mark expressed his concerns during a retreat for principal officers of the 10th National Assembly in Akwa Ibom State, highlighting that an excessive number of committees can impede efficient functioning.
The Senate currently has 71 special and standing committees, while the House of Representatives has 81, totaling 152 committees. Mark argued that this proliferation is unwieldy and cautioned against creating committees solely for political reasons. He suggested that committee formation should prioritize expertise, party representation, geographical balance, and ranking among members.