OrderPaperToday – Vocal Senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Aba South) has demonstrated leadership in the sponsorship of motions and petitions amongst the Senate contingent from Abia State.

He led the pack by sponsoring 2 motions and 5 petitions respectively in the first half of the 9th National Assembly. Abaribe is  strong opposition voice whom many regard as the “voice of the masses.”

Of the three senators from Abia, two are former governors who governed the State for eight years each. They are Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia North) and Theodore Ahamefule Orji (PDP, Abia Central). While the former, according to records, has no motion and petition to his credit, the latter has  1 motion and 3 petitions in the same period under review. This is perhaps because Kalu spent a part of the period under incarceration.

In the single motion filed by Orji on ‘rising incidence of suicide amongst Nigerians,’ he urged the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the National Orientation Agency (NOA); and the Federal Ministry of Health to urgently create awareness on how to control stress and depression and establish trauma centers across the federation.

Abia senators motions and petitions
Motions and Petitions Scorecard of Abia Senators

Key among the petitions by Abaribe was one against the Minister of Water Resources for delay in appointing a certain Mr. Nwachukwu A. Ndukwe as Executive Director for the Anambra/Imo River Basin Development Authority.

While one of his motions was on the need to reconstitute the membership of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) by requesting the Senate to urge Mr. President to immediately constitute the membership of the Commission in line with the Act establishing it and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Similarly, Sen. Orji presented a petition filed against the Nigeria Police Service Commission for the alleged dismissal of a certain Mr. Osundu Christian from  the Service and alleged wrongful termination of one Mr. N. N. Nwosu’s appointment from First Bank of Nigeria.

Cumulatively, the three Senators from Abia State sponsored a total of 3 motions and 8 petitions which  constitutes 2.1% each of the total motions and petitions sponsored in the Senate at midterm.

Meanwhile, on bills sponsorship, Sen. Orji led his contemporaries from Abia State in same period under review.


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