OrderPaperToday – The 13 representatives of Niger state in the 9th National Assembly have a total of 71 bills at midterm. This comprise of three senators and ten members of the House of Representatives and are all of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The three senators have in the last two years set the pace by contributing a total of 46 bills to the tally with the largest contributor being Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa (Niger East). He has 26 bills 10 of which have passed first reading; and includes the controversial Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019 (SB. 132), popularly called the Social Media Bill which is at the Committee stage.
Sen. Muhammed Enagi Bima (Niger South), a first time senator has 13 bills to his credit, including the curious proposal to ban the use of generators by citizens who generally suffer myriad of public power supply challenges, especially incessant outages.
Sen. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North) has 7 bills. He is the deputy chief whip of the senate and has not been left out of the sponsorship of controversial bills which seems to be the hallmark of senators from Niger state. He has his name to the much-detested hate speech bill which has remained stuck somewhere in the legislative mill of the senate.
In the House of Representatives, the uncomplimentary list of legislators of without bills in two years get a boost from Niger State. Mohammed Jafaru (Agwara/Borgu), Mohammed Umaru Bago (Chanchaga), Abubakar Abdullahi Lado (Gurara/Suleja/Tafa), Umar Saidu Doka (Shiroro/Rafi/Munya), Mamudu Abdullahi (Agaie/Lapai) and Jaafaru Iliyasu (Magama/Rijau) have no contribution to the bills aggregate considering that they have not sponsored any bills.
Newbie legislator Abdullahi Saidu Musa (Bida/Gbako /Katcha) tops the contribution in the Green Chamber with 17 bills including the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill, 2020 and the Religious Discrimination (Prohibition) Bill, 2021. Other newbies- Usman Abdullahi (Lavun/Mokwa /Edati) has with 4, Barwa Shehu Beji (Booso/Paikoro) follows with 3 bills, and Abdullahi I. Garba (Kontagora/Wushishi/Mariga/Mashegu) with 1 bill.
Only Mohammed Umaru Bago and Abubakar Abdullahi Lado are returning House members out of the ten from Niger State. Interestingly, Mr. Bago had contested for the seat of Speaker of the House but lost to the incumbent, Femi Gbajabiamila.