OrderPaperToday – 3 senators and 9 members of the House of Representatives from Kogi State have a posted a total of 18 bills in the 1st year of the 9th national assembly.
5 of these bills are in the senate and the remainder in the House. Sen. Jibril Isah representing Kogi East and Sen. Smart Adeyemi representing Kogi West senatorial district, sponsored 2 bills each while Useni Yakubu, who represents Kogi Central, sponsored only 1.
Mr. Smart Adeyemi is a ranking senator who is very vocal and versatile because of his journalistic background. His is a third termer who replaced the controversial Dino Melaye in a keenly contested rerun election.
In the House, Ahmed Yusuf Tijani leads the bills chart for Kogi State with a total of 6 bills registered to his name. He represents Okene/Ogoro-Magogo federal constituency. He is a grass root politician who has risen through the ranks having first been elected into the House of Representatives in 2011.
Mr. Abdulahi Ibrahim has 4 bills to his name. He represents Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro federal constituency. He was a former member of Kogi State assembly before being elected into the federal house in 2019.
Zacharia David Idris representing Idah/Igalamela/Ibaji/Ofu federal constituency has sponsored 2 bills and he is a first termer. Mr. Idrisu Lawal Mohammed represents Ajaokuta federal constituency. He is a ranking member but has sponsored one a bill.
Surprisingly, Mr. Tajudeen Yusuf representing Ijumu/Kabba Bunu federal constituency and a 3rd term member in the House got no bill registered on the bills chart. Others without bills are Isah Abdukareem Usman representing Lokoja; Abdulahi Hassan, representing Bassa/Dekina; Bello Joseph of Adavi/Okehi constituency; and Leke Joseph Abejide of Yagba East/ Yagba West federal constituency.
This is akin to the case in the Benue bills performance chart where prominent ranking members of the National Assembly failed to sponsor a bill in one year.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This assessment is based on the 1st year of the 9th National Assembly. It is part of our Legislative Accountability Project (LAP)