OrderPaperToday – Clifford Ordia was born on May 19, 1960. He is the senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Prior to his entrance into the Senate for the first time in 2015, Clifford Ordia was the chairman of Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority.

During the 8th Senate, he served as the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Works and Senate Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary).

In 2019, Ordia was re-elected for a second term as he polled 56,048 votes to defeat his closest opponent, John Inegbedion of the APC, who polled a total of 49,168 votes.

8th Senate score card

Senator Clifford Ordia sponsored a total of 5 bills during the 8th Senate (2015-2019).

Two of those bills, the “Environmental Impact Assessment Act CAP E12 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2016” and the “Consumer Protection Council Act CAP C25 LFN 2004  (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” failed to make it past  first reading.

His third bill, “Employee Compensation Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill, 2015,” was read for the second time on Tuesday, 14th March, 2017 and referred to the Senate Committee on Employment, Labour, and Productivity. The committee was to report back in four weeks but that report never materialised during the 8th Senate.

Ordia enjoyed better luck as his two other bills, the “Federal College of Education, Usugbenu, Irrua, Edo State Bill, 2018” and the “National Institute of Construction Technology and Management Bill, 2018,” were both passed on Wednesday, 28th November, 2018.

On motions, Senator Ordia sponsored one on Nigeria’s multiple multi-billion oil deals with India and China in November, 2016  which led the Red Chamber to summon the then Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu,  to appear before a Joint Committee to explain the deals.

The deals were $15 billion proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government and another $80 billion MoU signed with Chinese firms. As part of the $15 billion investment with India, the Asian country was expected to make an upfront payment to Nigeria for crude oil purchases while the Indian government will facilitate investments in the oil and gas sector, specifically in areas such as refining, oil and gas marketing, upstream ‎ventures, the development of gas infrastructure and in the training of oil and gas personnel in Nigeria.

In his motion, Ordia explained that though the deals had good potentials on face value, some explanations were necessary to know what exactly the country was being committed to by the agreements.

In February 2018, Senator Ordia sponsored another motion titled “Urgent need to support the Centre for Research, Control and Treatment of Lassa Fever Disease in Nigeria.”

The Senate subsequently mandated its committees on Health (Secondary & Tertiary) and Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, to urgently carry out the probe on the outbreak in the affected states of Edo, Ondo, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Imo, Kogi, Bauchi, Anambra, Benue, Federal Capital Teritory, Abia, Ekiti and Delta.

It also resolved to investigate steps taken by the Ministry of Health to curb spread of the disease as it urged the Ministry of Information and National Orientation to engage in the sensitisation of the public on the prevention, control and treatment of Lassa fever.

The Red Chamber also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately visit the centre in Irrua Specialist Hospital for on-the-spot assessment, with a view to providing relief materials to the victims.

Later in 2018, he sponsored a motion titled “Demise of Tony Okhakon Anenih CFR: The Iyasele (Prime minister) of Esan People.”

Following that motion, the Senate called on the “federal government to name the National Institute of Construction Technology and Management (ICTM), Uromi, in Edo State after Tony Anenih, former chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”

The Red Chamber also charged the government to accord Anenih all the official burial rites due to a national figure. The Upper Chamber additionally resolved to pay a condolence visit to the family in Abuja and Uromi, as well as the people and government of Edo State.

Speaking on the motion, Ordia said, “An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizon of his particular individualist concerns to the broader concern of all humanity.

“Anenih was not only a loving husband and consummate father of all, he was a bridge builder, a detribalised Nigeria with uncommon courage, vision and capacity to deliver on promises.

“He was kind, truthful and above all, very generous. He was never tired of giving either in cash or kind.”

At committee level, he was the vice-chairman, Senate Committee on Works. His committee in April, 2019, held an emergency meeting with stakeholders in Lagos in a bid to find lasting solution to the gridlock at Apapa Port as part of its oversight activities.

It also condemned extortion of truck drivers by law enforcement officers and called for a multi-sector approach between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Nigerian Maritime Admistration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to give waivers to encourage use of other Eastern ports to decongest Apapa.

The committee then ordered that the Apapa Truck Park under construction be completed and handed over to Nigeria Ports Authority for use latest May 2 or May 3, 2019.

Again, in November 2018, Ordia joined other members of the Committee on Works to inspect some ongoing federal road projects in Osun State and called for their speedy completion.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Ordia raised alarm over the high level of duplication of items in the 2018 budget estimates of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

During a budget defence session, he said, “I need to understand this thing. Look at the different pages, you earmarked N120 million, N288 million and N480 million for the purchase of vehicles. Are these vehicles different? If you add up these figures, they will give you about N888 million.

“You also said that you want to spend N100 million on transfer of office files. How do you intend to do that? The people in your office, what have they been doing? I can also see from your estimates here that you captured another item for ICT, different from the N100 million for transfer of files. You need to explain these things.”

Furthermore, in 2017, as a member of the same Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Ordia was part of an oversight visit to the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria Regional Training Centre, Afam.

Besides his involvement in the Committees on Works and Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, Senator Clifford Ordia was also a member of the Senate Committees on  Rules and Business, Tertiary Institutions, TETfund and Marine Transport.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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