Katsina State has eighteen lawmakers in the Ninth National Assembly, which was inaugurated in June 2019.
This piece is, therefore, a Performance Scorecard of these Senators and members of the House of Representatives from the State in the area of Bill Sponsorship between 2019 and 2022
Elected to parliament in 2018 to represent Katsina North Senatorial District, Senator Babba-Kaita has sponsored eight bills in the period of review. One of the bills sponsored by the lawmaker is the Federal Polytechnic Daura Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
He had served two terms in the House of Representatives (2007 t- 2015) before moving to the Senate in 2018 following the demise of Senator Mustapha Bukar. In 2019 Kaita was re-elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) but defected in 2022 to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the build-up to the 2023 National Assembly Elections.
He chairs the Senate Committee on TETFUND and Tertiary Institutions and is Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.
Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya
A representative of Katsina Central Senatorial District at the Red Chamber, Barkiya has so far sponsored three bills since the inception of the Ninth Assembly.
He is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on FERMA, as well as the Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity.
The Senator representing Katsina South in the National Assembly has just one bill to his name in the last three years.
He was first elected to the Red Chamber in 2019 and is currently Chairman of the Senate Committee on Water Resources.
Aminu Ashiru Mani
A representative of Bindawa/Mani Federal Constituency sponsored five bills in the last three years.
Representing Jibia/Kaita Federal Constituency, the lawmaker has also sponsored five bills, including the controversial Water Resources Bill.
The bill seeks to establish a regulatory framework for the Water Resources sector in Nigeria, as well as provide for the equitable and sustainable development, management, use and conservation of Nigeria’s surface water and groundwater resources.
Representing Malumfashi/Kafur Federal Constituency, the lawmaker has had four bills to his name in the last three years.
Ahmed Usman Liman
A representative of Matazu/Musawa Federal Constituency, he has four bills to his credit since being in the parliament in 2019.
The lawmaker representing Zangon Daura Zango/Baure Federal Constituency sponsored four bills in the period under review.
Representing Dutsin-ma/Kurfi Federal Constituency, the lawmaker has sponsored three bills in three years.
Abubakar Yahaya Kusada
A representative of Ingawa/Kankia/Kusada Federal Constituency, he has had three bills to his credit since 2019.
Amiru Tukur (Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency), Dandutse Muntari Mohammed (Funtua/Dandume Federal Constituency) and Fatuhu Muhammed (Daura/Sandamu/Mai’adua Federal Constituency) sponsored one bill each.
However, five out of the eighteen lawmakers from Katsina State sponsored zero bills in the period under review. They are:
- Ahmed Dayyabu Safana representing Batsari/Safana/Danmusa Federal Constituency
- Salisu Iro Isansi representing Katsina Federal Constituency
- Mansir Aliyu Mashi representing Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency
- Murtala Isah Kankara representing Faskari/Kankara/Sabuwa Federal Constituency
- Hamza Dalhatu Batagarawa representing Batagarawa/Charanchi/Rimi Federal Constituency
Editor’s Note: OrderPaper’s appraisal of lawmakers in the core areas of lawmaking is without prejudice to the lawmaker’s performance in the areas of oversight and representation.
Ojochenemi Onje-James is a research writer and journalist with years of proven footprints in areas of crime and politics. She has a M.Sc in International Relations and Strategic Studies as well as a B.Sc in Mass Communication.