OrderPaperToday – At midway into the 9th National Assembly, record has revealed that Sen. Gyang Istifanus Dung (PDP, Plateau North) got highest performance in motions and petitions sponsorship.

Dung, the only opposition senator from the State, sponsored three motions and six petitions. He sponsored a motion on the international day of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and the state of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.

Dung, as part of his submission, urged the Federal Government “to fully implement the provision of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018 especially the composition of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD); urged the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and other MDAs involve in infrastructure and public building to adopt codes and standard that are user friendly to Persons with Disabilities (PWD).”

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He equally urged the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and National  Orientation Agency (NOA)  “to undertake aggressive awareness campaign against all forms of discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (PWD)”

Motions and Petitions Scorecard of Plateau Senators

In another motion, Dung addressed the anti Plateau narrative and killings orchestrated by Boko Haram, which according to him is a ploy to polarize Nigerian citizens along ethno-religious divides.

He appealed to the Senate “to condemn in the strongest terms the anti-Plateau hate narrative by Boko Haram whose ultimate intention is to polarize Nigerian citizens along ethno-religious divides; condemn the abduction and killings of Nigerian citizens of Plateau State origin  by Boko Haram, three of whom were killed and three other are still being held captive.”

Dung sponsored petitions against the Nigerian Police and Nigerian Army for the nonpayment of compensation to the land owners’ of the Nigeria Police Staff College, Jos and Nigeria Defence Academy (Base Camp Angulus, Jos).

Sen. Nora Ladi Daduut (APC, Plateau South), the only female senator from the state sponsored two motions. In one of her motions, she addressed the urgent need for upward review of budgetary allocation to the National Veterinary Research Institute Vom, Plateau State to boost the vaccine production capacity of the Institute.

She urged the Senate “to mandate it committee on agriculture and rural development to engage with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in order to explore ways of increasing the budgetary allocation to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom for optimal performance; and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to provide intervention fund to the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVIR), Vom to boost the production and distribution of vaccines to livestock.”

Conversely, Sen. Dimka Hezekiah Ayuba (APC, Plateau Central), on his own recorded zero performance in motions and petitions.

The three senators from Plateau state sponsored 3.5% and 1.6% of the motions and petitions  in the Senate during the period under review.

Meanwhile, Dung had led the State Senate team in the bills sponsorship tally.

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