Bills’ Sponsorship By Ex-Governors At Senate: How Senator Orji Tops The Chart

Bills’ Sponsorship By Ex-Governors At Senate: How Senator Orji Tops The Chart

Expertise-cracy refers to the rule by experts in a given civil society. Expertise governance in this sense means the process of managing the affairs of men and resources through skilful implementation of societal benefits without one considering himself as its ultimate beneficiary. Is it not said that every society produces its leaders based on its circumstances and circumference?

That is why the contention that Nigeria for now needs men and women of substance, selfless and gifted with the act of governance at the executive, legislative and judicial levels of governance is rife.

Today at the Red Chamber ie Nigeria’s upper legislative assembly, some lawmakers are remarkably ahead of others in terms of churning out quality Bills that engender good governance. Indeed, the Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial zone at the Red Chamber, Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji leads the pack of former governors who are credited with sponsoring the highest number of Bills in that House. The latest report from the nation’s upper legislative assembly named him as the number one in Bills enactment

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The chart titled, “How Former Governors Stand In Bills Chart Of The 9th Senate”, saw him occupying the number one position. Senator Orji is a second term Senator and still maintains the lead two years with Abdullahi Adamu, former Nassarawa State governor and Senator representing Nassarawa West.

With a total of seven Bills to his credit in year 2019,  Orji was rated as the “Highest in Legislative Productivity” in a Report Card of the 9th Senate Volume 1, Number 1 (June 2019 – May 2020) entitled “How Former Governors Stand in Bills Chart of the 9th Senate”. Some of the Bills sponsored by Senator Orji have already been signed into law. According to the report, the Bills include: Food and Security Bill, and the National Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) Amendment Bill.

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Former Governor of Nassarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Nasarawa West, (APC), also has seven Bills on the Bills Chart. Coming next to the duo of Orji and Adamu according to the chart are Senators Aliyu Wamakko, Sokoto North; Senator Gabriel Suswam, a former Benue Governor, and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun Central who have four bills respectively.

Former Governor of Gombe State and Senator representing Gombe Central (APC), has three bills; Three Senators who were former Governors have two bills to their names. They are: Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC) Kano South; Senator Ibrahim Gaidam (APC) Yobe East; Senator Samuel Egwu (PDP) Ebonyi North; and Senator Adamu Aliero (APC) Kebbi Central.

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Former Enugu State governor, Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP); and Umaru Tanko Al-makura representing Nassarawa South (APC), have one bill each to their credit. Meanwhile, current publication of the Information Unit of the National Assembly shows that the immediate past governor of Abia State is still at the top in Bill sponsorship.

Some of the Bills sponsored by him have already been signed into law. Inclusive are: Food and Security Bill as well as National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Amendment Bill.

Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

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