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

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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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