OrderPaperToday – The South-east contingent comes third with a contribution of 145 bills out of the 716 bills sponsored in the Senate between June 2019 and May 2021.
This comes up to 20.3% of the total number of bills sponsored in the period under review. Considering that the south-east has five states as against the six for fours and seven for the North-west, the bills sponsorship performance of the 15 senators is notable.
There are two two female lawmakers from the zone: Sen. Adaeze Stella Oduah (Anambra-North) and Sen. Ekwunife Lilian Uche (Anambra-Central) both from Anambra state. Interestingly, they contribute 40% of the bills from the south-east and 7.7% of the 9th Senate’s total at midterm.
Out of Sen. Oduah’s 35 bills, none has been passed, 23 have been read the first time and four are at committee stage. Sen. Ekwunife, whose constituents recently demanded that she explain her absence during the voting process for electronic voting in the senate, has 23 bills to her credit. One has been passed, 12 have been read the first time and 2 are at committee stage.
Sen. Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah (Anambra south) has 20 bills to his credit. He is a first time senator on the platform of the Young Progressives Party (YPP). Other first timers in the south-east are Sen. Michael Ama Nnachi (Ebonyi South) with 4 bills and Sen. Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi (Imo East) with 8 bills. The south-east the zone has the highest number of former governors in the 9th senate – Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, Orji Kalu of Abia, Theodore Orji of Abia, Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu, and Rochas Okorocha of Imo.
All three Abia senators have been in governorship offices hitherto – former governors and former deputy governor in the person of Enyinnaya Abaribe- which reiterates concerns about the senate being a retirement home for ex-governors.
Sen. Theodore Orji (Abia-Central) has sponsored 7 Bills; Sen. Okorocha (Imo West) whose election was controversial at the time, also has 7 bills; Sen. Egwu (Ebonyi North) has 5 Bills; while Sen. Nnamani (Enugu East) seems to be in retirement mode with only one bill in two years- the Social Assistance Bill 2019 (SB. 38) which has been read the first time only.
Sen. Orji Kalu (Abia-North), who serves as the chief whip of the 9th Senate, has 4 Bills to his credit while Sen. Abaribe (Abia-South), who served as deputy governor to Kalu and currently serves as minority leader, has sponsored 2 bills in 2 years.
Sen. Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West), immediate past deputy president of the senate and one of the longest serving senators, has 10 bills to his credit.