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Editor's PickMIDTERM: Buhari floors Folarin, Balogun in motions

MIDTERM: Buhari floors Folarin, Balogun in motions

OrderPaperToday – Senator Folarin Teslim Kolawole (APC, Oyo Central) at midterm into the ninth Senate has failed in using the legislative window of motions and petitions in addressing issues relating to the social need and welfare of his constituents.

Folarin, one of the political strongmen of Oyo politics, scored zero in motions and petitions during the period under review.

Meanwhile, Sen. Abdulfatai Buhari (APC, Oyo North) sponsored four motions, but scored zero in petitions. He sponsored a motion on the disturbing dimension of cyber-attacks and criminality. In his submissions, he urged the Federal Government “to continue to engage relevant stakeholders with a view to stimulating a collective reflection among them and articulating a national and broad based approach to keeping the country ahead of cyber challenge; and as a matter of urgency establish a Cyber – Security Agency to take appropriate care of Nigerian Cyberspace.”

Motions and Petitions Scorecard of Oyo Senators

Similarly, Buhari sponsored a motion on the need to investigate alleged killing of civilians by men of the Nigerian Custom Service in Iseyin, breaking of shops in Ogbomoso and Ibadan and the need for the men of the Nigerian Custom Service to maintain a more professional disposition in the exercise of their official duties.

He urged the Senate “to mandate the Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff; and Police Affairs to jointly interface with the hierarchy of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Custom Service towards ensuring that the incident is thoroughly investigated and any wrongdoer brought to book.”

However, Senator Ademola Balogun (PDP, Oyo South) gave the State recognition with two petitions tally, and one motion during the period.

He sponsored a motion on the need to upgrade the Ibadan airport to international airport with modern facilities.

He urged the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the relevant authorities “to upgrade the Ibadan domestic airport Alakia, to the status of international airport.”

Similarly, he sponsored a petition against Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS). He also sponsored petition Nigerian Customs for alleged illegal breakage into their rice shop at Bodija market Ibadan.

On a global scale, the senators from Oyo State contributed 3.5% and 0.5% of the total motions and petitions sponsored at midterm.

Meanwhile, Buhari led in the bills sponsorship tally among his colleagues from the state and he ranked fifth in the bills productivity index among his entire colleagues in the ninth Senate.

Michael Olaogun
Michael Olaogun
Olaogun Michael Sunkanmi is Researcher, Writer, Public Speaker, Policy Analyst and Legislative Accountability Strategist with years of experience in democracy advocacy and social development. He bagged a master in Public Administration with specialization in Public Policy.
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