Kano State; ‘The Centre of Commerce’ has one of the highest representations at the National Assembly with 27 lawmakers in the federal parliament. This deep dive is a performance appraisal of the Senators and Members of the House of Representatives in the last three years (2019 – 2022)
A two-time governor of the state and Chair of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Senator Shekarau represents Kano Central at the Ninth National Assembly. Since his election to the Senate in 2019, he is yet to sponsor any bill.
A career teacher cum civil servant who rose to the position of Permanent Secretary in the Kano State Civil Service, he joined politics as a member of the defunct All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) and served as governor of the cosmopolitan state. He would later run for the presidency in 2011 and be appointed Minister of Education by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)-led Administration in 2014.
Elected to the Senate on the platform of the APC in 2019 after his return from the PDP., he later dumped the party for the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) where he spent barely three months. He has since defected to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), sacrificing his NNPP Senatorial ticket in the process.
Senator Gaya represents Kano South in the Ninth National Assembly and chairs the Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). By far, the longest-serving Kano Senator since 2007, he has sponsored three bills in the period under review (2019 -2022).
These bills are the National Road Fund (Establishment) Bill, the Federal Medical Centre, Rano (Establishment) Bill which has passed first reading, and the Nigerian Merchant Navy, Coast Guard and Security Corps Bill, which is still at the Committee stage.
A trained architect, Kabiru Gaya, is a former governor like Shekarau and will be making an attempt to return to the Red Chamber in 2023.
A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who represents Kano North Senatorial District, he ranks highest among lawmakers from the state in terms of bill sponsorship, having 21 pieces of legislation in his name since 2019.
The youngest of the three Kano lawmakers in the Senate, Jibrin previously served as a member of the House of Representatives and chairs the all-important Senate Committee on Appropriation,
‘Malia,’ as he is popularly called, signified interest in succeeding Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, which came with a lot of resistance and almost prompted a huge upheaval in the party. The governor, however, stepped down his senatorial aspiration for Jibrin in the interest of peace; but the lawmaker has Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, a former TETFUND Executive Secretary, to contend in the 2023 Senatorial elections.
Alhassan Ado Doguwa
One of the longest-serving members of the House of Representatives, the lawmaker representing Tudun Wada/Doguwa Federal Constituency has ten bills to his name.
Known to be quite controversial, the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker was Chief Whip of the 8th House; he currently serves as the House Majority Leader.
Dan Agundi Munnir Babba
The lawmaker representing Kumbotso Federal Constituency has eight bills to his name in the period under review trailing the House Leader, Doguwa.
Ali Wudil Muhammed
Representing Wudil/Garko Federal Constituency has six bills to his name in the period under review.
Bala Sani Umar
Rep. Umar represents Tsanyawa/Kunchi Federal Constituency and has five bills to his name since his election to the House in 2019.
Dederi Haruna Isa
In the same position as Rep Umar on the Kano Bills Chart is the lawmaker representing Karaye/Rogo Federal Constituency in the Ninth House of Representatives, Dederi Haruna Isa
who has sponsored five bills so far.
Rurum Kabiru Alhassan Usman
A former Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly, the federal legislator has four bills to his credit over the last three years. He represents Bunkure/Rano/Kibiya Federal Constituency.
Chairman of the House Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND, the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, represents Fagge Federal Constituency and has three bills to his name.
Others in the same position are Abubakar Kabiru Abubakar (Bichi Federal Constituency) and Muhammad Hafiz Kawu (Tarauni Federal Constituency); who have both sponsored three bills in the period under review (2019 – 2022).
Shamsudeen Bello Dambazau
A representative of Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency, he has two bills in the bag since his election to the legislative chamber in 2019.
Garo Musa Umar
Representing Gwarzo/Kabo Federal Constituency, Rep Garo Musa Umar is the only lawmaker from the North-Western State with just a piece of legislation to his name since the inauguration of the House in 2019.
Interestingly, thirteen of the twenty-four members of the Ninth House of Representatives failed to sponsor any piece of legislation as of the third year of the current National Assembly. They are:
Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada
Chairman of the House Committee on National Intelligence and Security, the lawmaker represents Kano Municipal Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber.
He, however, joins a long list of legislators who will not be returning to the National Assembly in 2023 following his current pursuit to occupy the top seat at the State Government House under the platform of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Others in the ‘Zero Bills Category’ include:
- Gaya Abdullahi Mahmoud (Gaya/Ajingi/Albasu Federal Constituency)
- Aliyu Datti-Yako (Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency)
- Abdullahi Babangida Alhassan (Dala Federal Constituency)
- Ayuba Badamasi (Danbatta/Makoda Federal Constituency)
- Jobe Tijjani Abdulkadir (Dawakin Tofa/Tofa/Rimin Gado)
- Dawaki Mustapha Bala (Dawakin Kudu/Warawa Federal Constituency)
- Nasiru Abduwa (Gezawa/Gabasawa Federal Constituency)
- Ken Ken Lawan Abdullahi (Gwale Federal Constituency)
- Idris Kabiru (Kura/Madobi/Garun Mallum Federal Constituency)
- Nass Sani Ma’aruf (Minjibir/Ungogo Federal Constituency)
- Ahmad Nasir Ali (Nasarawa Federal Constituency)
- Badau Yusuf Ahmad (Shanono / Bagwai Federal Constituency)
Editor’s Note: OrderPaper’s appraisal of lawmakers in the core areas of lawmaking is without prejudice to the lawmaker’s performance in the areas of oversight and representation.