161 Reps yet to spon­sor bill

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

At least 161 mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives are yet to spon­sor a bill more than two years af­ter as­sum­ing of­fice, Daily Trust find­ings have shown.

Of the 360 mem­bers in the House, only 199 have spon­sored at least a bill since their in­au­gu­ra­tion on June 9, 2015.

They have spent 26 months out of their 4-year ten­ure, with only 22 months left.

Within the pe­riod, the 161 law­mak­ers pock­eted at least N32 bil­lion in al­lowances and salaries, in­ves­ti­ga­tion by this news­pa­per has re­vealed.

Each law­maker gets N7.6 mil­lion as run­ning/over­head cost and ad­di­tional N660, 000 as salary monthly, which amounts to N8.26m monthly.

In the 26 months they spent so far, each law­maker has pock­eted about N214.7m each, to­talling N34.576bn.

There are 1066 be­fore the House, with 53 of them com­ing from the Ex­ec­u­tive arm, and 23 for­warded from the Se­nate.

Mem­bers with­out bills

Of­fi­cial records of law­mak­ers with­out bills ob­tained by Daily Trust showed that the North West has the high­est where 60 of its 91 mem­bers have not turned in any bill. Of the 72 mem­bers from the South West, 32 have no bills to their names.

The North East has 48 mem­bers, 25 mem­bers of whom have no bills, while out of the 55 law­mak­ers from the South South, 19 failed to spon­sor a bill.

Sim­i­larly, the North Cen­tral, with a to­tal of 49 mem­bers, 16 mem­bers fail to spon­sor a bill, while only 8 mem­bers out of 43 from the South East do not have a bill in their name. Only one mem­ber out of the two from the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) spon­sored bills.

The break­down showed that Chief Whip, Al­has­san Ado Doguwa from Kano State, who is the leader of the North West Cau­cus in the House, has no bill in his name. Oth­ers from Kano are Ibrahim Sani Umar, Ab­dul­lahi Mo­hammed Gaya, Garba Umar Dur­bunde, Nasiru Ba­balle Ila, Suleiman Aliyu Romo, Sani Mo­hammed Rano, Mu­nir Babba DanA­gundi, Nasiru Ali Ahmed, Shehu Us­man Aliyu, Musa Ado Tsamiya, Mustapha Bala Dawaki and Badamasi Ayuba. Only 11 mem­bers out of 24 have bills from the state.

In Katsina State, there are 12 mem­bers with­out bill. They are Saidu Sani Fago, Kabir Shuaibu, Dan­lami Kurfi, Ahmed Dayyabu Safana, Mur­tala Isa, Ibrahim Mur­tala, Amiru Tukur, Mun­tari Dan­dutse, Suleiman Sal­isu, Ba­bangida Ibrahim and Man­sir Ali Mashi. Ji­gawa is next where nine mem­bers out of 11 have no bill. They are Adamu Mo­hammed, Ma­gaji Aliyu Da’u, Abubakar Has­san Fu­lata, Yuguda Has­san Kila, Rabiu Garba Kaugama, Us­man Ibrahim Auyo, Mo­hammed Gu­daji Kaza­ure, Mo­hammed Gausu Boyi and Ibrahim Ab­dul­lahi Dutse.

In Kaduna State with 16 mem­bers, seven law­mak­ers namely: Lawal Mo­hammed Rabiu, Sun­day Mar­shall Katung, Yakubu Umar Barde, Si­mon Arabo, Muham­mad Musa Soba, Mo­hammed Abubakar and Yusuf Bala Ikara have no bills.

The law­mak­ers with­out a bill from Sokoto State are Has­san Bala Abubakar, Aminu Sani Isa, Kabiru Marafa Achida, Bashir Isa Sal­ihu, Mo­hammed Sa’adu and Shehu Aliyu. There are 11 mem­bers from the state.

There are six law­mak­ers from Kebbi State out of 8 with­out bill. They are Aliyu Dan­ladi, Bello Dan­tani, Suleiman Hus­saini Kangiwa, Ab­dul­lahi Has­san Suru, Sal­isu Garba Koko and Mo­hammed Dan­tani.

Only one mem­ber from Zam­fara State has spon­sored a bill.The six with­out bills are Lawali Has­san Anka, Ab­dul­ma­lik Bun­gudu, Aminu Sani Jaji, Ya­haya Chado, Ibrahim Isah and Lawal Mu’azu.

In the South West, La­gos has the high­est mem­bers with­out bill, 10 of them out of 24. They are Joseph Ade­bayo, Diya Babafemi, Olufemi Ade­banjo, Taofeek Abio­dun, Abi­ola Olatunji, Bo­laji Ayinla, Raji Olawale, Ta­judeen Obasa, Abay­omi Danda Kako and Nu­rudeen Ak­in­wumi, a new comer who re­placed late Ade­wale Eli­jah who had a bill be­fore his demise.

In Ondo State, six mem­bers have no bill out of nine. They are Afe Olu­wookere, Ba­batunde Ko­la­wole, Olemija Fri­day, Ak­in­fo­larin Sa­muel, Akin­laja Joseph, Bader­inwa Bamidele. The same thing ob­tains in Oyo State where six out of 14 mem­bers, namely: Adedapo Lam-Adesina, Se­gun Ogun­wuyi, Ola­supo Abio­dun, Olugbemi Sam­son, Ayoade Olug­benga and Sun­day Ade­poju have no bills.

Five out of the nine mem­bers from Ogun State have no bills. They are Akin­lade Adekunle, Adekoya Ade­se­gun, Ojug­bele Olu­sola, Mukaila Kazzim and Wil­liams Oluse­gun. There are three out of six law­mak­ers from Ek­iti State, namely Akinyele Awodu­mila, Thedeous Aki­nola and Ag­boola Em­manuel Ke­hinde, with­out a bill.

Osun has two out of 10 with­out a bill. They are Ak­in­tayo Ga­faru Amere and Al­bert Abio­dun Adeo­gun.

In the North East, seven mem­bers out of 10 from Borno State have no bill. They are Mah­mud Lawan Maina, Jib­rin San­tu­mari, Mo­hammed Nur Sher­iff, Mukhtar Be­tara, Mo­hammed Sanda, Mal­lam Bukar Gana and Ab­dulka­dir Rahis.

Bauchi has six out of 12 with­out bills, namely Tata Omar, Hal­liru Dauda Jika, Adamu Gu­rai, Isa Has­san, Aliyu Musa and Lawal Ya­haya Gu­mau.

Also, out of the six mem­bers from Taraba State, four, namely: Dan­ladi Tijo, Aminu Malle, Garba Ham­man Julde and Dan­juma Us­man Shiddi have no bill. The same thing ob­tains in Yobe State where four out of six mem­bers have no bill. They are: Is­maila Ahmed Gadaka, Sabo Garba, Sidi Yakubu Kara­suwa and Ab­dul­lahi Kukawa, who, last year, re­placed Khadi­jah Bukar Ibrahim, now a min­is­ter.

In Gombe State, two mem­bers out of six have no bills. They are Is­maila Has­san and Yaya Bauchi, both of whom re­placed Barambu Kawuwa and Khamis Mailan­tarki re­spec­tively. Also, two law­mak­ers out of eight from Adamawa State have bill, namely: Gu­tuwa Philip and Talatu Yo­hana, who re­placed Laori Bitrus last year.

In the South South, nine mem­bers out of 13 from Rivers State have no bill. They are Dagomie Abiante, Gogo Bright Ta­muno, Bless­ing Ibiba, Ran­dolph Brown, Boma Good­head, Jerome Amadi, Barry Mpigi, Chidi Wi­hoka and Mau­rice Pro­nen. Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that most of the Rivers law­mak­ers did not spend much time in the House as their elec­tions were nul­li­fied. They only re­turned re­cently, while Mpigi, Wi­hoka and Pro­nen are new in the House.

Of the 10 mem­bers from Akwa Ibom State, four do not have a bill. They are Owoidighe Ekpoatai, Iboro Ekanem, Em­manuel Ukoete and Michael Eny­ong.

Sim­i­larly, out of nine mem­bers from Edo State, three mem­bers, namely Omosede Ig­bine­dion, Aisowieren Pa­trick and John­son Oghuma have no bills. Oghuma was sworn in last Fe­bru­ary, re­plac­ing Philip Shuaibu, who be­came deputy gover­nor of Edo State.

Bayelsa, Cross River and Delta have one mem­ber each with­out bills and they are Jeph­thah Fo­ingha, Christo­pher Ngoro and Julius Pondi re­spec­tively.

In the North Cen­tral, six mem­bers out of 10 from Niger State have no bill. They are Abubakar Lado, Abubakar Chika Adamu, Muham­mad Bala Faruk, Umar Rofia, Ab­dul­lahi Garba and Sal­isu Shadafi.

Benue and Kogi have three each, namely Has­san Saleh, Adamu En­tonu and Adaji Ezekiel (Benue) and Kabir Ajanah, Ab­dul­lahi Bello and Ikani Ben­jamin (Kogi).

Kwara and Nasarawa have two each, namely: Tope Olay­onu and Olu­funke Ade­doyin (Kwara), Abubakar Sarki Dahiru and Mo­hammed Ja­faru (Nasarawa). Ja­faru re­placed late Musa On­wana mid last year.

All the eight mem­bers from Plateau State have spon­sored at least a bill.

In the South East, of the 11 mem­bers from Anam­bra State, four, namely: Okechukwu Eze, Anayo Nnebe, Chris Azubogu and Anohu Chuk­wue­meka have no bills. Three mem­bers out of the six from Ebonyi have no bills. They are Anayo Ed­win, Nwazunku Chuk­wuma and Og­bee Lazarus.

Only Nkole Ndukwe out of the eight mem­bers from Abia State has no bill, all the mem­bers from Imo (10) and Enugu (8) have spon­sored dif­fer­ent bills.

Sim­i­larly, Zakari An­gulu from the FCT has no bill to his name.

The high­est bill spon­sors

Law­mak­ers with the high­est num­ber of bills on re­gional ba­sis are Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP, Abia/South East), 50 bills; Rep Os­sai Ni­cholas Os­sai, (PDP, Delta/South South), 46 bills and Ed­ward Pwa­jok, (APC, Plateau/ North Cen­tral) 41 bills.

Oth­ers are Gideon Gwani (PDP, Kaduna/North West), 20; Femi Gba­jabi­amila, (APC, La­gos/South West), 14.

Mo­hammed Tahir Monguno from Borno State (North East) has nine. Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara has 10 while his deputy Yus­suf Suleiman La­sun has one.

Law­mak­ers lack ca­pac­ity CISLAC

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Civil So­ci­ety Leg­isla­tive Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Raf­san­jani, told Daily Trust that the law­mak­ers’ in­abil­ity to spon­sor bills was be­cause they lack ca­pac­ity.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that they spent two years col­lect­ing tax pay­ers’ money. They should be ac­count­able for all they have col­lected. Part of the rea­son for their be­ing in­ac­tive is be­cause they didn’t pre­pare for the job, so they lack the ca­pac­ity. They don’t also un­der­stand the leg­isla­tive work and they’re not ready to learn.

“They’re just in the leg­is­la­ture for their per­sonal in­ter­est and not to make laws. But let’s even look at the ones that spon­sored bills. Some of them don’t even know how to go about spon­sor­ing a bill. Look at the bills to un­der­mine CSOs, en­cour­age loot­ing, grant im­mu­nity to them­selves, whit­tle down the pow­ers of CCT and EFCC and the rest.

“Nige­ri­ans must con­front the law­mak­ers to do the work they were elected to do. Those that are do­ing noth­ing must wake up from their slum­ber,” he said.

Speaker Yakubu Dog­ara

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