Barkiya, 9 other Senators yet to sponsor single bill in 1 year – Investigation
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Senator Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya (APC, Katsina) representing Katsina Central Senatorial zone are among the 10 senators who have not sponsored a single bill in the last one year, Daily Trust investigation revealed.
The Daily Trust investigation also revealed that the other Senators from Katsina namely Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita representing Katsina North sponsored a total number of three (3) bills while Senator Bello Mandiya representing Katsina South sponsored a single bill during the time frame under review.
The National Assembly, under Section 4 subsection (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, is vested with “powers to make laws for the peace, order and good governance of the Federation or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive Legislative List”.
The primary functions of a legislator include making laws on issues of public interest; representing the interest of citizens; and oversight of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The 9th Senate was inaugurated on 11 June, 2019. Since then, over 450 bills have been introduced, according to official records analysed by Daily Trust between October 2019, when bills sponsorship started and July 23, 2020 when the Red Chamber embarked on a two-month annual recess.
Other senators with no single bill to their names are: Christopher Stephen Ekpenyong (PDP, Akwa Ibom), Godiya Akwashiki (APC, Nasarawa), Emmanuel Yisa Orker-jev (PDP, Benue), Nicholas Olubukola Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo), Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta) and Lawali Hassan Anka (PDP, Zamfara) among others.