OrderPaperToday – Female Senators in the 9th National Assembly present a clear minority from the gender perspective. Of the 109 senators, only 8 are females, making up only less than 10 percent in the 9th Senate.
But how well have these women delivered the goods with respect to the business of law-making? Have they represented well specifically in terms of sponsorship of bills in the first two years of the assembly?
The data shows at a glance that 8 female senators have posted 91 bills in the period under review.
Top on the chart is Senator Adaeze Stella Oduah, representing Anambra North with thirty five (35) bills standing in her name. The former Minister of Aviation, who recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), two weeks after her reported invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a N9.4 billion fraud, appears to be on top of her legislative duties. Incidentally, she tops the bills sponsorship chart for her State, Anambra.
She is closely followed by Senator Ekwunife Uche Lilian (Anambra North) with twenty three (23) bills. Ekwunife, who contested for the governorship ticket of the PDP, also follows Oduah closely in the Anambra chart.
Next are Senators Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Adamawa Central) and Apiafi Jocelyn Betty (Rivers West) with eleven bills to their credit respectively. Both are APC and PDP members respectively.
Others on the list are Senators Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South), Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), with five bills each; while Senator Etim Eyakenyi, representing Akwa-Ibom South has one (1) bill to her name in two years.
Compared to the first year scorecard, all the female senators improved in the number of bills they sponsored except Senator Eyakenyi who remained at one (1) bill standing in her name in two years.