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Nigeria: An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...

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Senator Mohammed Mana (PDP, Adamawa North): Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate sponsored an Amendment Bill on Border Areas Development Commission, 2009 and a Bill for an Act on Tobacco Control, 2009; he enjoyed the privilege, as a principal officer, of being recognised by the presiding officer to contribute to debates on several motions and bills in plenary and he had done so prolifically.

Score: Average.

Senator Jibril Aminu (PDP, Adamawa central): He did not sponsor any bill. He contributed to debates on some motions. He piloted the affairs of the Foreign Affairs Committee well, especially during the screening of Ambassadorial nominees. He is also very committed to the activities of the Committee on Education.

Score: Average.

Senator Grace F. Bent (PDP, Adamawa South): She did not sponsor any bill. She sponsored eight motions. She contributed to debate at plenary and provided leadership in the Environment and Ecology Committee that she chairs.

Score: Average.

AKWA IBOM STATE

Senator Effiong Dickson Bob (Akwa Ibom Northeast): He sponsored the Energy Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2009; the Public Officers (Review of Cases) Panel Bill 2008; the Fire Service (Inspection on Building) Bill, 2008; the Bill for an Act to Prohibit Trading in Federal Highways in Nigeria; and, the Bill for an Act to Prohibit Touting in all Public Places and to Establish a National Committee against Touting. He sponsored two motions, contributed well to debates in plenary and ran the administration of the Senate as Chairman Senate Service Committee without any incident.

Score: Above Average.

Senator Alloysius Etok (Akwa Ibom Northwest): He sponsored the Prevention of Hostage Taking and Prevention Bill 2008 and Environemntal managers Registration Council of Nigeria Bill. As chairman of the Rules and Business Committee, he ensured that the order of the day was made available to members.

Score: Average.

Senator Eme Uffot Ekaette (Akwa Ibom South): She did not sponsor any bill. She however showed committed leadership to her Women Affairs Development Committee activities. She occasionally contributed to debate in plenary.

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