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10th NASS: 24 Senators Have Not Sponsored a Bill in One Year

Barely a year after their inauguration, 24 out of the 109 senators in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Senate, have yet to sponsor any bills. In contrast, each of the other 85 senators has at least one bill to their name.

The 10th Senate, inaugurated on June 13, 2023, will mark its first anniversary on Thursday. An analysis of the senators’ activities related to bill sponsorship reveals that 279 bills were introduced between July 13, 2023, and March 2024.

The Senate comprises 109 members, including 14 former governors. This number was reduced to 12 when Senators David Umahi (APC, Ebonyi South) and Ibrahim Geidam (APC, Yobe East) were appointed Ministers of Works and Police Affairs, respectively, by President Bola Tinubu.

The count of former governors in the Senate increased again with the arrival of former Plateau State governor, Senator Simon Lalong (APC, Plateau South). Lalong was sworn in as a senator in December 2023, replacing Senator Napoleon Bali (PDP, Plateau South) following an Appeal Court judgment.

Additionally, Senators Ani, Dachungyang, and Mustapha joined the Senate later than their colleagues. Ani replaced Umahi, Dachungyang took over from the former Minority Leader, Mwadkwon Simon Davou, and Mustapha replaced Ibrahim Geidam.

Lawmakers with no bills

The 24 senators apart from the four former governors who are yet to sponsor any bill are; 

Senators Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North), 

Victor Umeh (LP, Anambra Central), 

Oluwole Fasuyi Cyril (APC, Ekiti North), 

Titus Tartenger Zam (APC, Benue North-West), 

Peter Jiya (PDP, Niger South), 

Adegbonmire Adeniyi Ayodele (APC, Ondo Central), 

Oyewumi Kamorudeen Olalere (PDP, Osun West), 

Anthony Ani (APC, Ebonyi South), 

Imasuen Neda Bernards (LP, Edo South); 

Okechukwu Ezea (LP, Enugu North), 

Chukwu Chizoba (LP, Enugu East), 

Abdul Ningi (PDP, Bauchi Central), 

Khabeeb Mustapha (PDP, Jigawa South West),  

Kaila Samaila Dahuwa (PDP, Bauchi North).

Senators Rufai Hanga (NNPP, Kano Central), 

Abdulaziz Yar’Adua (APC, Katsina Central), 

Mohammed Dandutse Muntari (APC, Katsina South), 

Enyinnaya Abaribe (APGA, Abia South), 

Pam Dachungyang (ADP, Plateau North); 

Onyesoh Allwell Heacho, (PDP, Rivers East); 

Ibrahim Lamido (APC, Sokoto East), 

Manu Haruna (PDP, Taraba Central) and 

Musa Mustapha (APC, Yobe East).

Source: Vanguard

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