OrderPaperToday – Similar to their Senate counterparts, the House of Representatives members from the north-east zone scored the lowest bills tally compared to other geopolitical zones of the country.
With a total of 48 members, the members from the zone sponsored a total of 152 bills at midterm of the 9th National Assembly. Thus, these lawmakers representing the different federal constituencies in Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Adamawa, Taraba, and Yobe make up 11.6% of the 1313 House of Reps bills analyzed in the period under review.
Interestingly, just as it has been with the north-east senators’ scorecard where there has been visible female representation despite dismal bills tally, the same is seen with the House of Reps from the region.
Firstly, the north-east has three female representatives out of the 13 female members in the 9th House. They are: Aishatu Jibril Dukku (APC, Dukku/Nafada of Gombe State), who is also Chairman, House of Representative Committee on Electoral Matters and has sponsored eight bills, placing her 4th on the female reps bills sponsorship chart. One Bill that stands out is the Electoral Act (Repeal & Amendment) Bill, which is currently enmeshed in the controversy of passage. It is one of the most anticipated Bills in the House. Although the National Assembly had promised to pass and transmit it for presidential accent in the first quarter of 2021, this has not happened.
The second female member from the zone is Zainab Gimba (APC, Bama/Ngala/Kala–Balge of Borno State). She has sponsored three bills so far, placing her 8th on the female reps bills sponsorship chart. Her bills are on housing, education and management. The region’s third female rep is Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC, Damaturu /Gujba /Gulani /Tarmuwa of Yobe State). She has sponsored one bill, which puts her 12th on the female reps bills sponsorship chart.
As seen in the geopolitical zone scorecard analysis, new lawmakers have significantly impacted in respect of bills sponsorship. One of such new members in the north-east zone is Mr. Mansur Manu Soro (APC, Darazo / Ganjuwa of Bauchi state). While the members from his state recorded low bills sponsorship, Mansur has sponsored 12 bills, placing him 7th on the top 10 newbies bills sponsorship chart. His bills are on health, education, and banking.
Principal officers are an essential aspect of the legislature as they play important roles in the assembly’s leadership. Of the ten principal members in the House, one comes from the north-east, which is the Majority Whip- Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Monguno/Nganzai/Marte of Borno State). He has been in the House since 2007 and has sponsored 43 bills. His bills tally places him 3rd on the top 10 house of rep members’ bills sponsorship chart. Monguno’s bills cover proliferation of firearms, export prohibition, health, security, agriculture, whistle blower protection, among others.
Finally, the region has a long-serving member. In parliament, a long-serving member is a member whose constituents re-elect consecutively to return to serve for multiple terms. For the north-east, the longest-serving member is Mr. Yakubu Dogara (APC, Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa of Bauchi state). As a 4th term member, Dogara is also remembered as the former Speaker of the House in the 8th Assembly. He has sponsored ten bills in two years, and these bills cover data protection, patient safety, and establishment bills.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was updated on September 15, 2021.