OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly, like any most organs of the federal government, is based in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Incidentally, the National Assembly, which was established under section 4 of the Nigerian Constitution as a bicameral legislature that consists of a Senate with 109 members and 360 members of House of Representatives, is constitutionally empowered to legislate for Abuja as the seat of power.
With the exception of Abuja (FCT), there are three senators for each of the 36 States irrespective of size and population.
Unlike other States of the federation, which are headed by elected Governors, Abuja is administered by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, headed by a cabinet minister appointed by the President of the federal republic.
But has being host to the National Assembly affected the Abuja lawmakers in the discharge of their legislative mandates?
Senator Phillip Aduda who is representing the Federal Capital Territory and a member of the Senate principal officers is leading team Abuja with six bills. He provides lone representation for the FCT in the red chamber.
Sen. Aduda has been a member of the National Assembly since 2003. He was elected as Minority Whip in the 8th Assembly, a position he retained in the current Assembly.
His six bills are in sharp contrast to the number of bills the two members of the House of Representatives of the FCT were able to sponsor in the first two years of the 9th Assembly.
While Mr. Jiba Yohanna Micah, representing Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)/Bwari federal constituency has 2 bills to his credit, Hassan Sadabo Usman, representing Kuje/Abaji/Gwagwalada/Kwali federal constituency has none in the period under review.