OrderPaperToday – Of the 418 bills introduced in the 9th Senate within its first year (June 2019 to May 2020), a clear majority seeks to establish one new agency or the other. These cut across different sectors such as political, electoral, social services, criminal justice, science, technology, media, etc.
Recall that in a previous report which x-rayed the first six months of the senate under the leadership of Ahmad Lawn, establishment bills were the most sponsored with 96 bills. For the period of a full year, this figure has increased to 162.
In retrospect, the 8th Senate was not different. Out of 311 bills introduced, 213 were establishment bills with a huge number vetoed by the President largely as a result of duplication of functions, drafting technicalities and ambiguities, funding constraints, and a couple of other reasons.
In a previous report, this newspaper highlighted the downsides of establishment bills – increased cost of governance and personal prestige, among others.
Prominent establishment bills in the 9th red chamber are: Constitutional Court (Est, etc) Bill, Families of Fallen Service Men Support Fund (Est, etc) Bill 2020, Nigeria Peace Corps (Est, etc) Bill 2019, National Agency for Education, Rehabilitation, Deradication, and Integration of Insurgents (Est, etc) Bill 2020, National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Un-Employed Youth, Elderly and Indigent Sustainability Allowances Trust Fund (Est,etc), among others.
Within a year, only four of these establishment bills have been passed for third reading – all seeking to create educational institutions sponsored by principal officers.
They are Federal College of Education Illoh Kebbi State (Est,etc) Bill 2019 by Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North), Federal Polytechnic Orogun, Delta State (Est,etc) Bill 2019 by Sen. Ovie- Omo Agege (APC, Delta Central), Federal University of Gashua (Est, etc) Bill 2019 (Establishment, etc) Bill 2019 by Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North) and Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua (Est, etc) Bill 2019 by Sen. Bello Mandiya (APC, Katsina South)
In terms of progression, 36 establishment bills in the 9th red chamber have been read for the second time while 52 passed first reading.
Within the period under review, with respect to sponsorship of bills by lawmakers, Senators Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra) and Musa Muhammed Sani (APC, Niger) introduced nine establishment bills, followed closely by Senator Ndume Mohammed Ali (APC, Borno) with eight.
Senator Ubah Ifeanyi Patrick (YPP, Anambra) has seven establishment bills while Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano) has six.
Those with five bills each are Senators Amosun Ibikunle Oyelaja (APC, Ogun), Yusuf Abubakar yusuf (APC, Taraba) and Moro Patrick Abba (PDP, Benue).
Next are Senators Gaidam Ibrahim Alhaji (APC, Yobe) Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu), Odebiyi Tolulope Akinremi (APC, Ogun), Apiafi Betty Jocelyn (PDP, Rivers), Gaya kabiru Ibrahim (APC, Kano) and Bassey Gershom (PDP, Cross River) with four establishment bills.
Senators Ogba Joseph Obinna (PDP, Ebonyi), Sani Uba (APC, Kaduna), Adamu Muhammad Aliero (APC, Kebbi), Gyang Istifanus (PDP, Plateau), Buhari Abdulfatai(APC, Oyo), Michael Nnachi (PDP, Ebonyi) individually introduced three establishment bills.
10 Senators sponsored two establishment bills each. They are Senators: Mpigi Barinda (PDP, Rivers), Wamako Aliyu Magatakarda (PDP, Sokoto), Kyari Abubakar Shaib (APC, Borno), Adeola Solomon Olamilekan (APC, Lagos), Adamu Abdullahi (APC, Nasarawa), Isah Jibrin (APC, Kogi), Gobir Ibrahim Abdullahi (APC, Sokoto), Fadahunsi Francis Adenigba (APC, Osun), Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba), Sahabi Yau (PDP, Zamfara)
Senators who have one establishment bills are 37. They are Senators Bala Na’allah Ibn (APC, Kebbi), Tinubu Oluremi Shade (APC, Lagos), James Manager (PDP, Delta), Boroffice Robert Ajayi (APC, Ondo), Omo-Agege Ovie Augustine (APC, Delta), late Oko Rose Okoji (PDP, Cross River), Ewhrudjakpo Lawrence (PDP, Bayelsa) (who is now the deputy governor of Bayelsa State), Egwu Samuel Ominyi (PDP, Ebonyi), La’ah Danjuma Tella (PDP, Kaduna),
Utazi Chukwuka Godfrey (PDP, Enugu), Ekwunife Uche Lilian (PDP, Anambra), Mustapha Olalekan Ramoni (APC, Ogun), Alimikhena Francis(APC, Edo), Hezekiah Dimka (APC, Plateau), Bomai Ibrahim Muhammed (APC, Yobe), Balogun Kola Ademola (PDP, Oyo), Oloriegbe Yahaya Ibrahim (APC, Kwara), Jika Dauda Halliru (APC, Bauchi), Oriolowo Adelere Adeyemi (APC, Osun), Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi (APC, Niger),
Others are: Dahiru Aishatu Ahmed (APC, Adamawa), Bima Muhammad Enagi (APC, Niger), Umar Sadiq Suleiman (APC, Kwara), Kwari Suleiman Abdu (APC, Kaduna), Eyakenyi Akon Etim (PDP, AkwaIbom), Abdullahi Yahaya Abubakar, Tanimu Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT), Gumau Lawal (APC, Bauchi), Akinyelure Patrick Ayo (APC, Ondo), Mohammed Hassan (PDP, Zamfara) Amos Bulus Kilawangs (APC, Gombe) Basiru Surajudeen Ajibola (APC, Osun), Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi), Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River), Ibrahim Hadejia (APC, Jigawa), Aliyu Wammako (APC, Sokoto), Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia).
There are 14 Senators who do not have establishment bills.
They are Senators Suswan Gabriel Torwua (PDP, Benue), Orji Theodore Ahamefule (PDP, Abia), Nnamani Chimaroke Ogbonnia (PDP, Enugu), Sekibo George Thompson (PDP, Rivers), Onyewuchi Ezenwa Francis (PDP, Imo), Mohammed Sabo (APC, Jigawa), Shettima Kashim (APC, Borno), Akpan Albert Bassey (PDP, Bayelsa), Ahmad Babba Kaita (APC, Katsina), Olujimi Biodun (PDP, Ekiti), Adetunmbi Olubunmi Ayodeji (PDP, Ondo), Folarin Teslim Kolawole (PDP, Oyo), and Bamidele Micheal Opeyemi (APC, Ekiti), Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe).
While they do not have a single establishment bill, it is worthy of note that some of them do not have any bill at all or have other bills not related to this category.