OrderPaperToday – Female Senators in the 9th Senate have identified themselves to be trail blazers strategically positioning themselves ahead of their peers.

This was evident in the bill chart of the first six months in the the red chamber where two of them, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) led the whole chamber with 9 bills and Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West) came second with seven bills while other female senators had at least a bill where as some of their male peers did not have a single bill.

Following the one year anniversary marked by the 9th federal chambers, this article spotlights female Senators and how they stood in the bill chart within a year in office through a bill record exclusively gotten by OrderPaperNG.

Prior to this time, Oduah, a two time Senator and former Minister of Aviation sponsored 9 bills but now has 26 bills.

Her bills include: “Protection of Personal Information Bill 2019, National Religious Equity Commission (Est,etc) bill, Private Hospital Regulation Bill 2019, Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2019, Exemptions Bill 2019, Renewable Energy Bill 2019, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill 2019, Carbon Tax Bill 2019, NYSC Act (Amendment) Bill 2019, Marriage Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019,

“Nigerian Latin Village Ibadan(Est,Etc) Bill 2019, Marital Right of Spouses Bill 2019, Investment Assurances Bill 2019, Government Performance and Accountability Office Bill 2019, South East Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Constituency Projects (Budgetary Provisions) Bill 2019, Integrated Rural Development Agency (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2020,

Foreign Assistance Commission of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill 2020, TETFUND Act 2011 (Amendment) Bill 2020, Health Equipment Credit Guarantee Fund (Est, etc) Bill 2020, Federal University of Entrepreneur Onitsha (Est, etc) Bill 2020, Examination Malpractice Act (Amendment) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (Est, etc) Bill 2020 and National Agricultural Programme Coordinating Agency (Est, etc) Bill 2019.

This time, Senator Uche Ekwunife (PDP, Anambra Central) came second with 16, a wide gap from her previous three bills in the first six months.

She introduced the following bills: National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion Act Cap N63 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019, Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill 2019, Penal Code Act Cap 53 (Abuja) LFN, Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, National Commission for Ecological Problems (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission Act Cap N117 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019,

Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Act No. 6 2007 (Amendment) Bill 2020, National Biosafety Management Act 2015 (Amendment) Bill 2020, Energy Commission of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill 2020, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (Est, etc) Bill 2020, Raw Materials Research and Development Council Act cap R3 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020, Federal University of Food Science and Technology Agulu (Est, etc) Bill 2020, National Broadcasting Commission Act (Amendment) Bill 2020 and Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2020.

Late Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross Rivers North), a returnee in the red chamber, sponsored more bills from three to eight.

Her bills are: Compulsory Free Universal Education Act (Amendment) Bill 2019 , National Assembly Budget and Research Office (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Whistle Blower Protection Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019 and Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019.

Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rivers West), a former House member and a newbie in the red chamber maintained her seven bills.

The bills are: Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act Cap E4 LFN 2004 amendment bill, Police Act Cap P19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019, Criminal Code Cap C38 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019, Federal Medical Centres (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Marketing (Breast-Milk Substitute) Act (Amendment) Bill 2019, Federal Character Commission Act Cap (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill 2019 and National Agency for the Research and Management of Persons with Special Needs (Est, etc) Bill 2019

Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South), a returnee in the upper legislative chamber initially had one bill but currently owns four.

Her bills include: Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill 2019, Federal College of Education, Omuwo, Ekiti State (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act Cap B2 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill 2020 and National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Est, etc) Bill 2020,

Coming sixth is Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC, Adamawa Central), a first timer in the red chamber with three bills. She previously had one bill.

She owns these bills: Modibbo Adama University of Technology(Est,etc) Bill 2019, Fiscal Responsibility Commission (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill 2019 and Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020,

Next is Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), also a returnee in the red chamber who introduced one more bill making it two- Criminal Code Act (Amendment) Bill 2019 and Lagos State Special Economic Assistance Programme (Est,etc) Bill 2019.

Finally, Senator Akon Eyakenyi (PDP, Akwa- Ibom South), another newbie in the red chamber maintains her one bill- University of Maritime Studies, Oron (Est, etc) Bill 2019.

In all the female senators appear to have held their own amidts a male-dominated senate.


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