OrderPaperToday – Among the top 10 Reps on bills sponsorship at midterm in the 9th House of Representatives are three members from Abia State.
Other key findings from the analysis is that members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken the lead in the top 10 reps bills chart; only one female makes the list; and six out of the top 10 reps are returning lawmakers while four of them represent the newbies category.
Here are the highlights of the assessment: Mr. Tajudeen Abbas (APC, Kaduna), a third time member of the House, does not only lead his fellow members on the Kaduna reps bills tally, but also leads on the top 10 Reps bills sponsorship chart with 75 bills. His bills cut across establishment of institutions, health centres, youth development, environment, and constitution amendment. These bills are either at first reading stage or awaiting committee report. He is currently the chairman, House Committee on Land Transport.
Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta), who represents Ndokwa East/Ndokwa West/Ukwuani, comes second on the list with 44 bills to his credit. He leads the Delta State House of Reps contingent constituting 47.83%. 30 of the bills were sponsored in his first legislative year of the 9th Assembly. He was Chairman of the Ethics & Privileges Committee of the House and currently chairs the Committee on Aids, Loans and Debt Management.
Next on the list is Mr. Mohammed Monguno (APC, Borno) who represents Monguno/Nganzai/Marte. He comes third in the top 10 Reps bills chart of the House. He has sponsored 43 bills with 41 of these in the first legislative year. Monguno is the Chief Whip of the current House and has come a long way in legislative business. The ranking Borno lawmaker chaired the ad-hoc committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which was recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Benjamin Kalu, who is fondly referred to as ‘Oracle’ and hails from Abia State on the platform of the APC, is placed fourth position in the top 10 reps bills sponsorship chart with 41 bills to his credit. Kalu accordingly has 33.3% of the total bills sponsored by the Abia team. He doubles as the spokesperson of the House and the current Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs.
Uzoma Nkem Abonta (PDP, Abia) trails Kalu with 35 bills, therefore putting him fifth on the Reps top 10 bills tally. Abonta, who represents Ukwa East/Ukwa West is a fourth termer in the House of Representatives, is also known for his quality contributions during legislative activities. He was chairman House Committee on Public Petitions in the 8th assembly.
Nkeiruka Onyejeocha represents Isuikwuato/Umuneochi of Abia State. She is a member of the ruling APC and has 30 bills to her credit. She therefore comes at number six on the top 10 Reps bills chart and the only female that made the list. In the first year she sponsored 19 bills and she is the Deputy Whip of the House.
Dachung Musa Bagos representing Jos South/Jos East federal constituency of Plateau State (PDP) takes the lead as a first term lawmaker with the most sponsored bills in the top 10 Reps bills chart. Despite the challenges faced by newbies, the Plateau lawmaker has refused to give in as he also has 30 bills to his credit.
Mr. Oluwole Oke, Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts, has sponsored 25 bills which catapulted him to the Reps top 10 bills tally. Oke, who is a member of the opposition PDP, represents Obokun/Oriade federal constituency. He is a senior ranking member of the House and said to have his eyes on the governorship seat of Osun State.
Simon Davou Mwadkwon, representative of Barkin Ladi/Riyom of Plateau State. trails closely behind Oke with 22 bills to his credit. Among his bills are: Local Industry Patronage Bill, 2019, Crime and Criminal Tracking System Bill, 2019, Crime and Criminal Tracking System Bill, 2019, Marriage Act (Amendment) Bill 2019, Casino Taxation Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and Socially Displaced Persons Bill, 2019. He is also a newbie and a member of PDP.
Mr. Luke Akpan Onofiok (PDP, Akwa Ibom), who represents Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium federal constituency, distinguished himself by having a total of 22 bills to his credit to belong to this top 10 Reps category. 13 of his bills were sponsored in the first legislative year, and a good number of them relate to judiciary reforms. He is the chairman House Committee on Judiciary.