OrderPaperToday – Sen. Ibrahim Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano North) at the midterm of the 9th Senate, has sponsored a total of 5 motions and 1 petition which gave him a performance edge over his counterparts in the red chamber.
Two of Barau’s motions were on improving Nigeria’s local and international trade; one of was on Nigeria’s membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) wherein he commended President Muhammadu Buhari “for his strong political and economic will in accepting to sign the agreement in spite of earlier misgiving which have been put to rest by the presidential technical committee on the matter.”
He urged the Federal Government to enlighten the Nigerian business community to leverage on the immense benefits of the agreement and that “the Federal Government should continue its current policy of improving our infrastructures such as electricity, roads, and other basic necessities in order to bring about reduction and thus make product produced in Nigeria globally competitive.”
Similarly, Barau sponsored a motion on the menace of Child Trafficking in Nigeria. In his recommendations, he urged the Senate “to mandate the Committee on Women Affairs; Judiciary, Human Right and Legal Matters; and National Security and Intelligence to conduct an investigative hearing on child trafficking in the country with a view to proffer solutions.”
He further urged the agencies that are responsible to curb and eliminate child trafficking and trafficking in persons to be more effective in the discharge of their duties and that the Federal Government to prosecute child traffickers to serve as deterrent to others.
Barau also sponsored a petition against the Nigerian Defence Academy for the alleged withdrawal of four cadets from the institution.
Incidentally, Barau also demonstrated commendable performance in bills sponsorship among Kano Senators during the period under review.
On the other hand, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano Central) and Sen. Ibrahim Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) who are members of the former governors‘ club in the Senate have a poor record on motions and petitions.
While Senator Gaya sponsored only one motion and no petition, his counterpart in the poor rating, Shekarau scored zero both in motions and petition.
Gaya in his motion addressed the need to empower the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to address the scourge of Kidnapping and Human Trafficking.
The petitions and motions garnered by Kano Senate team earned them 4.2% and 0.2% of the total motions and petitions respectively in Senate at midterm of 9th Assembly.