With thirteen female lawmakers in the Green Chamber, OrderPaper Nigeria highlights the Bills Tally of female members of the House of Representatives over the last three years (2019 -2022)
Nkeiruka C. Onyejeocha
The only female Principal Officer in the National Assembly, she represents Isuikwuato/Umuneochi Federal Constituency of Abia State.
In the last three years, she has sponsored thirty-five bills, including the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill; the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria Act (Amendment) Bill, amongst others.
She was first elected to the Green Chamber in 2007 under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), but later joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), where she rose to the position of Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Representatives.
Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu
A representative of Onitsha North/Onitsha South Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, she has eighteen bills to her credit in the last three years.
Among the bills she sponsored are Merchant Shipping Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2021; National Social Security and Welfare Board Bill, 2021, and a 1999 Constitution Alteration Bill.
She is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and currently chairs the House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration.
Taiwo Olukemi Oluga
The lawmaker representing Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency of Osun State has ten bills in her name. She chairs the House Committee on Women in Parliament.
Similarly, Rep Aishatu Jibrin Dukku representing Dukku/Nafada Federal Constituency of Gombe State, has ten bills in her name. Dukku is also the Chairperson of the House Committee on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC). They are both members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Beni Butmark Lar
A representative of Langtang North/Langtang Federal Constituency of Plateau State, Rep Lar has so far, sponsored nine bills in the Ninth Assembly.
The Chairperson of the House Committee on Science and Technology sponsored the National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency Bill, 2019 and Older Persons (Rights and Privileges) Bill, 2019, among other bills in the last three years.
Representing Isiala Mbano/Okigwe/Onuimo of Imo State, she has also sponsored nine bills in the Ninth Assembly, including the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and Federal Character Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
She doubles as Chair of the House Committee on Disabilities.
The lawmaker representing Ikene Sagamu/Remo North Federal Constituency of Ogun State has had four pieces of legislation to her name since 2019.
Similarly, Rep Ogunlola Omowumi Olubunmi, representing Ijero/Ekiti West/Efon of Ekiti State, sponsored four bills in the period under review
A representative of Bama/Ngala/Kala-Balge Federal Constituency of Borno State, she has, so far, sponsored three bills in the period under review.
Both first-term lawmakers, Rep. Blessing Onyeche Onuh representing Otukpo Ohimini Federal Constituency of Benue State, and Rep Tolulope Tiwalola Akande-Sadipe representing Oluyole Federal Constituency of Oyo State, each sponsored two bills.
Onuh, is a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA, and Sadipe is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Khadijah Bukar Abba
A representative of Damaturu/Gujba/Gulani/Tarmuwa Federal Constituency of Yobe State, she sponsored one bill in the period under review, which is the North East Development Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020..
She is a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and currently chairs the House Committee on North East Development Commission.
Rep. Goodhead representing Akuku Toru/Asari Toru Federal Constituency in Rivers State, has sponsored zero bills in the last three years. She is a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
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.