OrderPaperToday – The Abia State team at the National Assembly, made up of three Senators and eight House of Representatives members, has got a mixed performance in their discharge of legislative duties.
Of the three senators, two are former Governors – Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia North) and Theodore Ahamefule Orji (PDP, Abia Central) – who have served the State for a period of eight years each. Cumulatively, the Senators from Abia State have sponsored a total of 13 bills, which amounts to 1.7% of the total bills sponsored at the Senate at midterm.
Orji is the sponsor of the highest number of bills (7) constituting 53.87% of all bills by the Senators from the state. All of his bills were sponsored in the first year of the current 9th assembly. His counterparts, Kalu and Enyinnaya Abaribe have respectively sponsored 4 and 2 bills, leaving their performances at 30.7% and 15.3% of the State total.
Notable among the bills sponsored is the Local Industry Patronage Bill 2021 (SB. 714) by Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, who had no bill in his first year due to his incarceration, while Abaribe had 2 of his four bills sponsored in his first legislative year of the 9th Assembly.
Meanwhile, at the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Bende Federal Constituency), Uzoma Nkem Abonta (PDP, Ukwa East/Ukwa West) and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (APC, Isuikwuato/Umuneochi) have the highest number of bills sponsored at 41, 35 and 30 respectively. Kalu accordingly has 33.3% of the total bills sponsored by the Abia team, while Abonta and Onyejeocha contributed 28.46% and 24.39% respectively. Significant among the bill sponsored by Hon. Abonta is the Environmental Health Bill, 2019. Ben Kalu sponsored 24 bills in his first year, Abonta had 31 bills in his first year, while Onyejeocha had 19 bills to her credit in the first legislative year of the 9th Assembly.
Late Ossy Prestige, Nkole Uko Ndukwe, (PDP, Arochukwu/Ohafia) have respectively sponsored 4 and 2 bills, leaving their performance at 3.2% and 1.6% of the state total.
Similarly, Samuel Ifeanyi Onuigbo (PDP, Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South), Darlington Nwokocha (PDP, Isiala Ngwa North / South) have only respectively sponsored 4 bills (3.2%) and 7 bills (5.6%). While the former had 2 bills sponsored in his first year, the latter had no bill to his credit in his first year. The landmark climate change bill, recently passed by the House is sponsored by Onuigbo.
However, Solomon Adaelu (Obingwa/Osisioma/Ugwunagbo) has no bill or motion sponsored by him since the beginning of the 9th National Assembly.
It is interesting to note that Abia State House of Representatives team contributed 9.07% of the 1367 bills sponsored since the beginning of 9th Assembly.