OrderPaperToday – Nine out of Osun’s 12 representatives from both chambers of the National Assembly are first timers one of whom is a female. Two out of the state’s three senators are in their first term, seven House members have also been elected for the first time.
Taiwo Olukemi Oluga representing Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan federal constituency, a female and first time representative has proven the need to have more women in the legislature with a total of 10 bills. Notable among them are: Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, 2020, Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020, Compulsory Universal Basic Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020, Women’s Representation in Legislative Houses Bill, 2020.
Closely following Taiwo Oluga is Salam Bamidele (Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo) also a first timer with 9 bills. With a total of 4 bills, Afolabi Rasheed Olalekan (Odo-Otin/Ifelodun/Boripe) is the next top performer, while Amobi Yinusa Akintola (Ayedire/Iwo/Ola- Oluwa) has 2 bills.
Ajilesoro Abimbola Taofeek (Ife Central/Ife North/Ife South/Ife East) and Oyewo Olubukola Oyegbile (Irepodun/Orolu/Olorunda/Osogbo) have 1 bill each.
Lawrence Babatunde Ayeni (Atakumosa East/Atakumosa West/Ilesa East/Ilesa West) is the only first timer from Osun with a different record: no bill in two years.
Returning representatives Oke Oluwole Busayo (Obokun/Oriade) and Olufemi Fakeye (Boluwaduro/Ifedayo/Ila) also appear on the bills chart. Oke has sponsored a total of 25 bills, the highest from Osun State while Olufemi Fakeye has sponsored 6 bills. Oke is a senior ranking member of the House and chairs the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which places on him a very heavy burden with respect to oversight functions. He is said to have his eyes on the governorship seat of Osun State.
In the Senate, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru (Osun Central) 13 bills while Sen. Fadahunsi Francis Adenigba (Osun East) and Sen. Oriolowo Adelere Adeyemi (Osun West) both have 4 bills each to their credit.
Basiru is the spokesman of the Senate and despite that schedule and being a first timer, he has managed to secure the top slot on bills sponsorship in the 9th senate. The two other senators have barely managed a showing.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was updated on September 13, 2021 to reflect a corrigendum on the Osun Senators bills tally