They help in policy formulation:
Members of the pressure group often give expert views to government that can
help in policy formulation. For example the
Manufacturers Association of Nigeria’ often advises
the government on matters of economic concern.
They protect the interest of
members: pressure groups can defend any of their members who is being
maltreated. It is common practice among the members of
the Nigeria Union of Journalist to protest arrest and detention of their members.
They act as agents of political education and
socialisation.Members of pressure group do impart knowledge
about political activities with a view to
influencing members on stand to take.
They can be consulted on
technical matters. The government of Nigeria will find
it desirable to consult members of the Chartered institute
of Bankers and the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Nigeria on issues relating to Budget.
They serve as public opinion forum. Pressure groups
often meet and deliberate on matters of national
significance and thereafter take a stand. Such
stand can be regarded as the opinion of the group on such burning
issue. For example the National Union of Petroleum and Natural
Gas of Nigeria was seriously in support of
the validation of June 12 election