OrderPaperToday – A lawmaker’s productivity at the National Assembly can be evaluated through commitment in committee duties, contributions during plenary, attraction of projects in constituency and the amount of bills sponsored.

As a result of the one year anniversary being marked by the 9th National Assembly, this article highlights senators who have sponsored the most number of bills within this period (June 2019 to May 2020).

In a previous report by OrderPaperNG which examined the first six months in office, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) topped the chart with the highest number of bills sponsored among their peers with nine bills.

She maintained the top position with 26 bills to her name.

Oduah, a two time Senator and former Minister of Aviation sponsored the following bills: 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, and the Marriage Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019.

Others are the 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.

Coming second in the top five category with 16 bills each are the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) and Senator Uche Ekwunife (PDP, Anambra Central).

Omo-Agege’s bills are: “Federal Polytechnic Orogun, Delta State (Est,etc) Bill 2019, Dormant Accounts Fund Management Board Bill 2019, National Industrial Court Act Amendment Bill, Court of Appeal Act Amendment Bill 2019, Sexual Harassment Bill 2019, Electoral Act No. 6 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020¸ Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020¸ Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020 and Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2020.

Ekwunife 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, and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission Act Cap N117 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019.

Others are the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Act No. 6 2007 (Amendment) Bill 2020, National Bio-safety 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.

Similarly, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) also made it to the top ten in the previous with five bills in six months and upped his game with 16 bills in one year.

Senators in the third category have 11 bills each.

They are: lone Young People’s Party (YPP) Senator, Ifeanyi Ubah representing Anambra South, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), former Senate leader, ex House member, Senator Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau North)
and Senator Sani Musa (APC, Niger East), a first timer who courted controversy with his widely rejected social media bill.

Ubah’s bills are: National Institute for Business Studies Nnewi (Est,etc) Bill 2019, Erosion Control and Prevention Commission (Establishment, etc) Bill 2019, Ecological Fund (Establishment, etc) Bill 2019, Petroleum Tankers Safety Bill 2019, Power and Petroleum Safety Institute, Oraifite (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Institute of Aviation Safety and Management Bill 2019, Institute of Rice Research and Development Bill 2019, National Institute for Security and Strategic Studies, Orumba Anambra State (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Federal University of Technology Oko (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Metallurgy Training Institute Orumba Anambra State (Est, etc) Bill 2020 and Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract Act Cap D3 CFN 2004 Act (Amendment) bill.

Ndume’s bills include: Communication Tax Bill 2019, Constituency Development Fund (Est,etc), Un-Employed Youth, Elderly and Indigent Sustainability Allowances Trust Fund (Est,etc) bill, Federal College of Education Marama, Borno State (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Federal College of Education (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Auctioneers Registration Council (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Social Intervention Programmes Agency (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Chartered Institute of Facility Management (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Nigeria Peace Corps (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Nigerian Army University Biu (Est, etc) Bill 2020 and Federal College of Education Gwoza (Est, etc) Bill 2020.

Gyang has the following bills: Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill 2019, FCT Area Courts Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019, National Biotechnology Development Agency(Est,etc)2019, Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training Initiatives (RCOHTI) (Est,etc) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, National Unity Corps (Est, etc) Bill 2020 and University of Broadcasting and Film Studies Jos, (Est, etc) Bill 2020.

Musa’s bills are: Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019, National Land Drainage Bill 2019, Teaching Hospitals Development Fund (Establishment, etc) Bill 2019, North Central Development Commission (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Federal Medical Centre, Kuta Niger State (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Nigerian Civil Defence Academy Pandogari (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Rape and Insurgency Victims Stigmatisation (Prohibition) Bill 2019, Institute of Technology Suleja, Niger State (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Federal Orthopedic Hospital (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Nigerian Railway Corporation Act N129 LFN 2004 (Repeal & Re-enactment) Bill 2020 and Constitutional Court (Est, etc) Bill 2020.

In the forth category is Senator Gershom Bassey (PDP, Cross River South), a two timer in the Senate beat others in former list to be part of those with the highest number of bills in the 9th red chamber, securing 10 bills to his name.

The following are Bassey’s bills: Federal Roads Authority (Est,etc) Bill 2019, National Offenders Central Registry (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Flags and Coat of Arms Act Cap F30 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2019, Fire Service Act (Amendment) Bill 2019, Fire (Hazard and Safeguard) Bill 2019, Federal College of Forestry Technology and Research, Akampka (Est, etc) Bill 2019, National Boundary Commission (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Nigeria Research Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Bakasi (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Criminal Justice (Release from Custody) (Special Provisions) Act Cap C40 LFN 2004 (Ameendment) Bill 2019 and Federal Polytechnic, Akpabuyo, Cross River State (Est, etc) Bill 2019.

Finally, former rep members, Senator Bamidele Opeyemi (APC, Ekiti Central) and Senator Adeola Olamilekan (APC, Lagos West),  immediate past deputy senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu West) end this list in the fifth category with nine bills each.

Opeyemi’s bills are: Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2019, Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2019, FCT Customary Court Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill 2020, Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2011 (Amendment) Bill 2020 and Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2020.

For Olamilekan, the bills are: Federal University of Technology, Ilaro (Est, etc) Bill 2019, City University of Technology, Yaba (Est, etc) bill 2019, NDDC Act, No.6 2000 (Amendment) bill 2019, Constitution Alteration Bill 2019, Constitution Alteration Bill 2019, Constitution Alteration Bill 2019, Constitution Alteration Bill 2019, Constitution Alteration Bill 2019 and Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Registration, etc) Act (Amendment) bill 2020.

The following are Ekweremadu’s bills: Federal Polytechnic, Mpu (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Private Detectives and Investigators Bill 2019, Chartered Institute of Directors of Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Federal Cooperative Colleges (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Institute of Mediators and Conciliators (Est, etc) Bill 2019, Federal High Court Act (Amendment) Bill 2019, River Basins Development Act Cap R9 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2020, Presidential Inauguration Bill 2020 and Constitution (Alteration ) Bill 2020.

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