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Editor's Pick#MidTermRankings: More commendation for OrderPaper with release of biennial report

#MidTermRankings: More commendation for OrderPaper with release of biennial report

OrderPaperToday – Reactions have continued to trail OrderPaper Nigeria‘s Mid-Term Ranking; spotlighting the performance of members of the two chambers of the 9th National Assembly.

The report which has evaluated the performance of one hundred and nine Senators, as well as the three hundred and sixty member-House of Representatives is aimed at improving legislative accountability, transparency and providing insights on the performance of the legislators.

The majority of infographics disseminated on various media platforms attracted mixed reactions from the members of the National Assembly, their associates, and constituents. While some have expressed satisfaction with what they termed as a job well done by OrderPaper Nigeria, others reacted differently.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in an opening remark to his colleagues at the resumption of the Green Chamber’s third legislative year in September 2021 had described the ranking based on bill sponsorship as “uninspired journalism that should not be encouraged.”

Gbajabiamila’s statement on the performance report of legislators attracted reaction from the public; particularly from Dr. Reuben Abati, an academic and former presidential spokesperson.

In his words, he stressed, “bill sponsorship and quality of contribution is one of the cardinal ways of measuring the performance of lawmakers as same is being done in other parts of the world.” However, lawmakers at both chambers and other stakeholders have continued to appreciate the mid-term report.

Starting with Kaduna Federal Lawmaker, Senator Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central who tops the Bills Progression (Productivity Index) in the Senate category, he was elated to have been ranked highest and expressed satisfaction with the report.

In his comments: “I am deeply elated at the cheery (sic) news that I rank 1st in the  Top Senators by Bills Progression (Productivity Index) released by a leading Legislative Monitoring and Advocacy Group, OrderPaper Nigeria.”

“At the start of my legislative sojourn, I made a commitment to my constituents and Nigerians that I will break new grounds, be alive to the yearnings and aspirations of those who graciously gave me their mandate, and sponsor people-centered and progressive bills that will impact on the citizens of Kaduna Central and Nigeria generally.”

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He further stated “I feel fulfilled that so far, I have kept faith with the social contract I entered into with my constituents. I will however not rest on my oars. I will strive even harder to serve my people better. I thank everyone who contributed to this remarkable feat.” It is interesting to note that the constituent members of Senators Sani received his performance with gladness as they continue to shower him encomiums.

 

With the lifting of the Twitter ban, the Kaduna Central Senator again, took to the microblogging site with gladness, updating his followers about his ranking on the Bills Progression (Productivity Index).

Also in the Senate category, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa took to his Facebook page in celebration of his ranking on the Productivity Index. In his comment “Distinguished Senator Mohammed Sani Musa has emerged amongst the Top 10 Senators by Bills Progression, according to a National Assembly Mid-Term Performance Appraisal Report released by OrderPaper.ng.”

Similarly, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, the Spokesperson of the House of Representatives also reacted to the report. Kalu who leads the contingent of Representatives from Abia based on their mid-term report presented it on his Facebook page as a reflection of his acceptability of the report and as proof of performance.

In his words “Rep. Benjamin Kalu (first-time representative) takes the lead on bills tally of members from Abia State, within two years in office from June 2019 – May 2021”

             

Meanwhile, Hon. Dachung Musa Bagos (Jos South / Jos East Federal Constituency, PDP) who ranked highest among the contingent from Plateau earlier participated in a webinar on the mid-term report; ‘How Have Your Representatives Fared in Lawmaking?’ organised by OrderPaper Nigeria.

The House Committee Chairman on Anti-Corruption stated that his feat on bill sponsorship was as a result of his working relationship with intelligent youths. In his words: “I work with intelligent young people in my constituency with the aim of making Nigeria better and I adopt feedback mechanism in engagements with my constituent members. My bills are centered on human rights, unemployment, anti-corruption, and rural development.”

He further commended OrderPaper for a great job done on the National Assembly Mid-term Report and charged that more has to be done to further improve our democracy.

In an exclusive interview with Mohammed Monguno, Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, he applauded OrderPaper Nigeria for holding the lawmakers responsible and for setting the docile ones on their toes to carry out their mandates.

In his words,  “you (OrderPaper) have really brought to the consciousness of the people that the primary responsibility of a lawmaker is that of lawmaking and they should be assessed based on the number of laws or bills that they have sponsored irrespective of whether it has seen the light of the day or not.

“And your work has also put legislators on their toes. It has gingered them up to compete amongst themselves (so that OrderPaper will not, at the end of the day, come and say ‘so so legislator’ has not sponsored any law while ‘so so’ legislator has sponsored ‘so so’ laws.)”

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From the media community, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche; Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abuja Chapter commended OrderPaper for taking up the notable task.

He emphasised that it was good to assess the legislators, while also expressing worry about the poor performance of some legislators, which he described as unhealthy for our democracy. In his words “our lawmakers must seat up, be open to capacity building as legislation remains a serious business.” He charged Nigerians to continue to engage with their elected representatives.

Notable television and radio stations including Channels TV, Correct FM (Kaduna), Sobi FM (Ilorin), Flo FM (Abia), We FM (Abuja), and a host of others across the country have continued to host OrderPaper to provide more insights into the performance of their representatives. A development many believes connotes public acceptance of the performance report.

This is as national and local dailies continue to join in the circulation of the rankings.

Michael Olaogun
Michael Olaogun
Olaogun Michael Sunkanmi is Researcher, Writer, Public Speaker, Policy Analyst and Legislative Accountability Strategist with years of experience in democracy advocacy and social development. He bagged a master in Public Administration with specialization in Public Policy.
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