OrderPaperToday – Sen. Gershom Henry Bassey (PDP, Cross River South) has led the motions and petitions sponsorship pack among the three senators from Cross River state at midterm of the 9th Senate.

He sponsored 3 motions and 5 petitions.

Bassey sponsored a motion on the deplorable state of Nigeria’s federal roads. In his submission, he urged the Federal Government “to immediately declare state of emergency on federal roads and improve its funding; and the senate should mandate the committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Petroleum Downstream Sector; and National Planning to investigate the non-remittance of the 5% user change pump price of petrol and international vehicles transit charge accruing to Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and other established state road maintenance agencies.”

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Secondly, Bassey sponsored a motion on the need to investigate the degree of enforcement of abandonment and decommissioning obligations in oil and gas exploration contracts.

As part of his submission, he urged the senate “to mandate the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) to conduct a comprehensive review of the relevant laws, Petroleum Sharing Contract (PSC), Joint Venture Contracts (JVC) and arrangements governing abandonment, decommissioning remediation and investigate the degree of compliance with these by oil companies operating in Nigeria.”

In one of his 5 petitions, Bassey challenged the perceived under representation of Akwa Ibom State in the National Appointment into the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Motions and Petitions Scorecard of Cross River Senators

On his own, Sen. Sandy Ojang Onor (PDP, Cross River-Central) has sponsored 2 motions and 1 petition. In one of his motions, he addressed the incessant spate of militancy, cult related killings and kidnappings, and boundary dispute in parts of Boki Local Government Area, Cross River State.

He urged the Senate “to condemn the killings and the destruction in its totality in Boje/Nsadop/Iso Bendeghe communities in particular and Boki Local Government Area at large and arrest/prosecute the perpetrators.”

He equally and urge the Inspector General of Police “to ensure better security of lives and property in Boki Local Government Area and to immediately establish a mobile police barracks/station in the headquarters of Boki Local Government Area, for easy deployment to troubled spots.”

Onor petitioned the Indian Government over the release of Eric Ayimba Ewa from Presidency Correction Home Hail – West Bengal India.

However, record reveals that Sen. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe (PDP, Cross River North) who replaced Sen. Stephen Adi Odey, has no motion and petition to his credit.

Jarigbe was, on July 30, 2021, via a court injunction, declared the winner of the Cross River North senatorial district by-election which was held on the December 5, 2020. He was was on September 15 sworn into the Senate.

In terms of overall aggregate, the senators from Cross River State contributed 4.9% and 1.6% of the motions and petitions sponsored by the Senators in the first half of the 9th Assembly.

This however, does not include the 2 motions sponsored by Sen. Rose Oko, before she passed on in March 2020.

Meanwhile, Sen. Gershom Henry Bassey had led the state senate team on bills sponsorship during the period under review.

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