OrderPaperToday – Despite having the least number of states, the south-east geopolitical zone placed second in terms of bills sponsorship in the House of Representatives at midterm.
A total number of 40 members contributed 256 bills which constitutes 19.5% of the total number of bills sponsored by in the House in the last two years.
Despite having the least number of representatives – 40 when compared to the north west’s 92 or the south south’s 55 representatives – the five states that make up the zone are Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, and Imo.
Currently, there are three female representatives from the south-east which also comprises two principal officers. The women from the zone form top performers in the female reps index.
The Abia state contingent makes the highest contribution with 124 bills. Anambra state comes next with 63 bills; followed by Imo state with 28; and then Ebonyi state with 26 bills. Enugu state came last with 15 bills
Among the Abia reps is one female who serves as the deputy chief whip of the House and is currently one of the highest contributors with 30 bills- Nkeiruka Onyejeocha representative of Isuikwuato/Umuneochi. She accounts for 11.7% of the total bills in the zone. Other top performers from the state are newbie rep- Benjamin Okezie Kalu (Bende) with 41 bills and ranking rep, Uzoma Nkem Abonta (Ukwa East/Ukwa West) with 35 bills.
Anambra state contributes 24.6% of the zone’s total tally with 63 bills, 14 of which come from the state’s lone female rep- Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu (Onitsha North/Onitsha South). Seven of Anambra’s reps are first timers, the remaining four including Ikpeazu are returning members. Of the 63 bills, only 1 has been passed – HB. 1138 Federal University of Education, Aguleri, Anambra State (Establishment, etc.) Bill, 2020 sponsored by Chinedu Benjamin Obidigwe (Anambra East / Anambra West); 4 are awaiting report from committee and the remaining 58 are waiting to be read a second time.
All 28 bills from Imo reps are waiting to be read the second time. However, Paschal Obi (Ideato North/Ideato South) presents an interesting turn from the norm as none of his 7 bills are establishment bills. He is also the highest bills sponsor from the state. Nwawuba Henry Ndochukwu (Ikeduru/Mbaitoli) comes second with 6 bills and Miriam Onouha (Isiala Mbano/Okigwe/Onuimo) comes third with 5 bills.
Ebonyi state has an all-male six member contingent at the green chambers; five of whom are from the main opposition- PDP, and on one APC rep. The highest contributor Sylvester Ogbaga (Abakaliki/Izzi) has 12 bills, none of which have been passed and have only been read the first time. He is followed by the only APC rep from the state in both chambers; Chinedu Nweke Ogah (Ezza South/Ikwo) who has 6 bills all of which have also only been read the first time. Ebonyi’s 26 bills forms 10.1% of the entire bills by the south east.
Unlike their counterparts in the senate who clinch second place, Enugu state placed fifth in order of most bills sponsored by the south-east reps and contributes 5.8% of the total bills. An all-PDP affair in both chambers; the deputy minority leader- Okechukwu Toby (Aninri/Awgu/Oji River) of the House hails from Enugu. He has a total of 2 bills; HB. 362 Federal Roads Bill, 2019 and HB. 367 National Roads Fund Bill, 2019 both sponsored in the first year of the current term.
The highest contributor from Enugu is Asadu Patrick Oziokoja (Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South) with 7 bills none of which have passed first reading.