OrderPaperToday – At midterm of the 9th Assembly, the three Senators from Ekiti State sponsored a total of 6 motions and petitions according to records.
Sen. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central Senatorial District) and the Chairman Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights sponsored 2 motions, while pulling off a zero record on petitions during the period under review.
One of Bamidele’s motions was sponsored on the need for intervention in the Edo State House of Assemble crises. The House of Assembly debacle had generated political and constitutional uproar leaving 14 constituencies of Edo State without representation. He urged the Senate “to constitute an Ad – hoc Committee to investigate the crises in Edo House of Assembly and to liaise with a similar committee in the House of Representatives to find the way forward.”
Bamidele’s second motion was on the need to invite the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and other relevant stakeholders to brief relevant committees of the Senate on the award of $9.6 billion against the Federal Government of Nigeria by a United Kingdom Court in the matter “Process and Industrial Development Limited vs Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He urged the Senate “to invite the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation to, in the company of other relevant stakeholders including officials of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and professional Arbitrators engaged on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria in this regard, to comprehensively brief the Senate committees on Judiciary, Human Right and Legal Matters; Petroleum Resources Upstream; Gas Resources; and Power on the details 2010 contract with P and ID as executed; the reason for the default as well as the handling of the resultant negotiations, arbitrations court proceedings and steps being taken to resolve the matter in the overall interest of the Nigeria economy and security of the Nation’s assets at home and abroad/”
On the records, Sen. Olubunmi Ayodeji Adetunmbi (APC, Ekiti North) and Sen. Biodun Christine Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) have sponsored 1 motion and 1 petition each.
Adetunmobi’s only motion was on the urgent need to seek domestication of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) by an Act of the National Assembly prior to implementation of the proposed ‘Visa on Arrival’ for citizens of African countries as recently directed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
He urged the Senate “to invite the Minister of Interior to come along with the Comptroller General of Immigration Services (NIS) to appear before the Committee on Interior; and Judiciary, Human Right and Legal Matters to inform the Senate on the technical, Logistic, Legal and Constitutional issues that are available and required for compliance before implementation of the said Visa-On-Arrival Policy.”
Similarly, Adetunmbi sponsored a petition against Nigerian Correctional Service for alleged unlawful suspension of one Mrs. Charlotte O. Ogunbuyi from service.
Olujimi, the only female Senator from Ekiti State and known as the gender voice in Senate, sponsored a motion on election violence in Ekiti State. The motion was sponsored shortly after the election crises that greeted Ekiti East 1 State constituency.
She urged the Federal Government “to ensure the safety of electoral officials, security personnel and election materials during elections.”
Ekiti Senate team contributed 2.8% and 0.5% of the total motions and petitions sponsored in the Senate during the period under review.
Meanwhile, the senators sponsored a total of 29 bills at midterm, with Bamidele as a major contributor.