Borno North Senator-Elect applauds OrderPaper for work in the legislative space, highlights its value in motivating debates, awareness and consciousness
Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Rep. Mohammed Tahir Monguno, has commended OrderPaper Nigeria for the quality of research-based work it carries out around legislature, noting that it has motivated lawmakers to step up on their legislative responsibilities.
Monguno, who gave the commendation in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, said OrderPaper, through its work, has raised the bar in legislative reporting and education of Nigerians on the responsibilities of legislators.
“Your work has really brought out consciousness. You really deserve a pat on the back because, by the time your assessment came out, the whole thing went viral in my State, even in my local government, and so many people including my governor called to congratulate me. You know he is a professor and an academic, and he appreciates this kind of things and so, it is your work that gingered all these debates, awareness and consciousness, so you really deserve a pat on the back,” the Borno North Senator-Elect submitted.
The Borno lawmaker who currently represents Monguno/Marte/Ngazai Federal Constituency has been in the federal legislature since 2007 and won a Senate seat on February 25 ahead of the Tenth National Assembly. He has also been nominated for possible induction as the Most Valuable Parliamentarian (MVP) Hall of Fame for being among the Top Performers, based on the House Of Representatives Productivity Index.
Recall that OrderPaper Nigeria and its partners had, on April 7, 2023, in a statement released in Abuja, announced twenty members of the Ninth National Assembly as Semi-Finalists for the country’s first-ever Most Valuable Parliamentarian (MVP) Hall of Fame.
The MVP Hall of Fame initiative, which furthers its contributions to legislative strengthening and promotion of improved service delivery in the National Assembly, aims to identify and sustain a distinct class of legislators who are performance-driven, excellence-inspired, and public-spirited.
“Having undertaken an independent, thorough and unprecedented data-driven annual performance appraisals of the 469-member ninth National Assembly since its first anniversary in 2020,” the organisation says it “deemed it appropriate and timely to commence instituting the Most Valuable Parliamentarian (MVP) Hall of Fame,” part of the statement read.
According to the organisers, the shortlist comprises a female Senator, two Principal Officers, two Presiding Officers and a number of first-term lawmakers across party lines from both the Senate and House of Representatives who would be subjected to a rigorous points-based scoring system to arrive at the eventual inductees into the Hall of Fame.
OrderPaper’s Annual Appraisal of the Ninth National Assembly is focused exclusively on the core legislative function of law-making, and consideration for the MVP nomination and subsequent shortlisting essentially applied the Value, Impact, and Productivity criteria in rating those shortlisted contributions.
While value speaks to the correlation of a bill’s advancement of the governance objective of the federal government; impact relates to the empirical contribution of a bill to the enhancement of the lives and living conditions of citizens; and productivity applies to the stage of progression of a bill to measure the diligence, dedication and hard work put into its processing by its sponsor.
At the unveiling of the Third Year Edition of the National Assembly Annual Appraisals in Abuja, members of the federal parliament expressed satisfaction and pleasure at the initiative, hailing OrderPaper Nigeria for its commitment to bridging the gap between citizens.
“The barometer of rating the performance of the lawmaker is not by the number of burials or wedding ceremonies he attends, but by the number of Bills he has sponsored that have seen the light of the day,” Rep. Monguno said.
OrderPaper continues to receive commendation for its numerous initiatives geared towards strengthening the institution of parliament and improved service delivery in the National Assembly.