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Anambra tops list with most sponsored bills in Senate

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SINCE the inauguration of the ninth assembly about 14 months, lawmakers have been striving to perform their primary duties and fulfill promises made to their constituents.

  Top of the duties and promises is to make “…laws that are in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians,” as some lawmakers, including the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said. 

  A lawmaker is measured by the number of bills sponsored as well its quality than any legislative duty like the oversight of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

  Most lawmakers take pride in the number of bills and motions they sponsor during their tenure and many who seek re-election use it as a campaign point

Over 450 bills have been introduced to the ninth Senate since its inauguration in June 2019. They comprise electoral reform bills, constitutional amendment bills, bills to create institutions and agencies, gender inclusion and social welfare bills, among others.

  This report shows the top best senators with respect to the number of bills they have sponsored,

  Top on the list is Anambra senator, Stella Oduah. Oduah, a two-time senator, has sponsored 29 bills since the inauguration of the ninth Senate. Some of the bills are Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill, Protection of Personal Information Bill, Private Hospital Regulation Bill, the Marriage Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, Marital Right of Spouses Bill, Investment Assurances Bill, among others.

  She is followed by the Deputy Senate President, OvieOmo-Agege, with over 20 bills. Although most of MrOmo-Agege’s bills are Constitution Alteration Bills. The Delta lawmaker has sponsored a few other important legislation like the Sexual Harassment Bill, National Industrial Court Act Amendment Bill and Court of Appeal Act Amendment Bill.

UcheEkwunife, having sponsored 17 bill, is next on the list. The Anambra lawmaker who has been vocal both in the chamber and at committee levels has sponsored the Public Procurement Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, Penal Code Act Cap 53 (Abuja) LFN, Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, National Broadcasting Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, among others.

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