This Day (Lagos)

24 May 2009

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

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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.

Score: Average.


Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah (PDP, Anambra South): He sponsored the Gully Erosion Control and Prevention Management Commission Bill, 2008. Others were: Mortgage Processing Bill, 2009; Federal Mortgage Bank (Amendment) Bill, 2009; Federal Housing Authority (Amendment) Bill; National Housing Bill; and Land Titles and Perfection Bill, 2009. He was a brilliant and regular contributor to debates in plenary. He is chairman of the Committee on Housing and Urban Development, which recently investigated the sales of Federal Government houses by the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on the lease of government property.

Score: Above average.

Senator Joy Emodi (PDP, Anambra South): She sponsored the National Ethics Curriculum Administration (NIEPA). She sponsored and co-sponsored thirteen motions. She made strategic interventions during debates in plenary and at the level of the Education committee which she chairs.

Score: Above average.

Senator Annie Okonkwo (PDP, Anambra Central): Annie Okonkwo: He sponsored two bills-one for an Act to provide for responsibility by the Federal Government to directly intervene in matters of production, provision, importation, supply, sale and equitable distribution, Trade and Commerce in Certain categories of Goods deemed Essential Commodities to render them Accessible and Affordable to Nigerians; and a Bill for an Act to Establish the Nigerians Citizens in Diaspora Commission. He rarely contributed to debate in plenary.

Score: Average.


Senator Muhammed A. Muhammed (ANPP, Bauchi Central): He did not sponsor any bill. He rarely contributed to debates in plenary.

Score: Below Average.

Senator Bala Mohammed (ANPP, Bauchi South): He did not sponsor any a number of bills and contributed brilliantly to debates in plenary.

Score: Average.

Senator Suleiman Nazif (AC, Bauchi North): He did not sponsor any bill but co-sponsored some bills, including the Nigerians Railway Corporation (Repeal and Reenactment) Bill 2008. He also co-sponsored no fewer than fifteen motions. He made brilliant contributions to debates in plenary and he was a resource person for the Committee on Land Transport of which he is Vice Chairman.

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