By Ononye VC
Official National Assembly (NASS) report say two females make the list of top 10 senators with the most number of bills sponsored at midterm of the 9th National Assembly.
Incidentally, both hail from Anambra State which also posted one of the highest bills tally in terms of states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Senator Adaeze Stella Oduah, representing Anambra North, within the last two years has sponsored thirty eight (38) bills. She ranked highest on the the top 10 bills sponsorship chart and leads the pack among female senators in the 9th Senate. It is noteworthy that Oduah performed admirably in the first year bills scorecard report. Two years down the line she is still up in the business of drafting legislation.
Next to her is Niger State lawmaker and newbie, Senator Muhammad Sani Musa, representing Niger East. He sponsored twenty six (26) bills in two years.
Another high ranking senator by way of bills sponsored is Senator Ekwunife Uche Lilian, representing Anambra Central, who sponsored twenty three bills.
Others on the top 10 bills sponsorship chart are: Senator Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), twenty one bills; Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) twenty (20) bills; Senator Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, representing Anambra South with twenty (20) bills.
Senator Gershom Henry Bassey, representing Cross River South on the platform of the PDP, sponsored nineteen (19) bills; Senator Gyang Istifanus (PDP, Plateau North) got (18) bills; Senator Michael Bamidele Okpeyemi (APC, Ekiti Central) has seventeen (17) bills in his name; and Senator Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun (APC, Ogun Central) has fifteen (15) bills.
Amosun, incidentally, leads the pack of bills sponsorship of former governors in the senate.
Obviously missing on the top 10 senators’ chart by bills sponsorship for the first year of the 9th senate are Senators Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) who came third; Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu West), and Adeola Solomon (APC, Lagos West) who both shared the fifth spot respectively.
Recall that the upper chamber of the current assembly was inaugurated on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Legislation is one of the basic components of any political system. In order to bring about popular participation and control of the process of government, few people are entrusted with this function since everybody cannot control the government at the same time.
From whatever angle you view the performance of the lawmakers in the Senate, the judgement is left to Nigerians, especially their constituents, to pass,the report said.