This Day (Lagos)

24 May 2009

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

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Score: Above Average.

BAYELSA STATE

Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange (PDP, Bayelsa East): He sponsored the Technology Innovation Agency (Establishment etc) Bill 2009; Interception and monitoring of Communication Bill 2009; and, the Civil Society Organisation Bill 2009. He sponsored and co-sponsored no fewer than five motions. He always contributed to debates in plenary.

Above average.

Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (PDP, Bayelsa West): He sponsored a Bill for an Act to amend the Recovery of Premises Act; a Bill to amend the Petroleum Act 2004; and, a Bill for an Act to enact the Anti-Trust Act. He sponsored the motion on the non-compliance with the Financial Provisions of the NDDC Act by the Federal Government of Nigeria. He occasionally contributed to debates on the floor in the last one year. He largely focused on the work of the Ad-Hoc Committee probing the Transport sector from 1999 to 2007.

Score: Average.

Senator Emmanuel Paul (PDP, Bayelsa Central): He did not sponsor a bill in the last one year, but was actively involved in the debate of the general principles of a number of bills; Rules Committee; his interventions in the downstream sector through the platform of his Committee on Petroleum (downstream sector) were salutary, especially on the issues of fuel subsidy removal and the entire deregulation agenda. His contributions at plenary were always very useful. He sponsored the motion to scrap FERMA and create in its place a Federal Highway Authority; motion stopping universities from conducting post-JAMB examinations, among several other motions.

Score: Average.

BENUE STATE

Senator David Mark (PDP, Benue South): As the Senate President, he provided the leadership that inspired confidence in the senate. He has presided and guided the house on the path of progress in the last one year.

Score: Above average.

Senator Joseph Akaagerger (PDP, Benue Northeast): He sponsored a bill for an Act to establish the Chartered Institute of Fraud Examiners and for Matters Connected Therewith, 2008; a Bill for an Act to Establish Communal and Religious Conflicts Commission and Matters Related Thereto; he co-sponsored three bills; he sponsored four motions and co-sponsored ten motions. He contributed brilliantly to debates in plenary and was actively involved in committees' assignments.

Average

Senator George Akume (PDP, Benue Northwest): He has just settled down to serious legislative business with the packaging of the Alternative Energy Development and Utilisation Bill; Project implementation and Monitoring Board Bill; Disaster Control Bill; and National emergency Telephone Services Bill that had been fine-tuned preparatory to gazetting. He contributed to debates in plenary. He led his Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD on regular oversight visitations.

Score: Average

BORNO STATE

Senator Maina Maáji Lawan (ANPP, Borno North): He did not sponsor any bill. He co-sponsored a number of motions; and, as Minority Leader, he was always available to provide the opposition perspective to issues that had political undertones. He contributed to debates in plenary.

Score: Average.

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