OrderPaperToday – Following the inauguration of the 9th Senate on 11th of June, 2019, super ranking Senator Ahmad Lawan emerged as President.
Ovie Omo-Agege was also elected as deputy president of the senate, defeating serial occupant of the office, Ike Ekweremadu.
The emergence of the two presiding officers was in accordance with Section 50 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). It also led the way for principal officers to be appointed by party caucuses subsequently.
In his inaugural speech, Mr. Lawan made it clear that the Ninth Assembly would focus on enacting laws and strengthening existing laws to facilitate reforms required to take Nigeria and the people to the next level.
But what has the current principal leadership been able to achieve at mid-term with respect of their individual legislative mandate of law making especially in the area of bill sponsorship?
Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, the primus inter pares, has been a member of the National Assembly since 1999 and therefore is one of the very few members of the federal legislature since beginning of the extant 4th Republic. He represents Yobe North senatorial district of Yobe State. Two years down the lane as the President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, he is yet to have a bill to his credit.
This is in sharp contrast to the Delta State Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy president of the senate, who leads the pack of principal officers with 20 bills.
Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, representing Niger North and the Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Bwacha Emmanuel, representing Tararba South have 7 bills respectively.
The lone Senator from the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Phillip Aduda, who is also the Minority Whip, has 6 bills to his credit, and Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi, the Senate Majority Leader also has 6 bills in his name.
Two of Abia State Senators in the leadership of the Senate presented 6 bills. While Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, representing Abia North has 4 bills, Sen. Eyinnanya Harcourt Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader, representing Abia South, has 2 bills.