The National Assembly
The 9th National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a bicameral legislature inaugurated on June 11, 2019 and the assembly will run its course till June 11, 2023. The assembly comprises the Senate and the House of Representatives. The National Assembly comprises 300 members elected across the 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The House of Representative consists of 251 elected members and the Senate, a total of 109 members from which 59 were elected on the platform of the APC and 49 were elected on the platform of People’s Democratic Party following the sudden death of Senator Ahmed Zanna elected on the platform of PDP to represent Borno Central. Five of the senators are women.
The Senate (The Red Chamber)
In addition, there are 63 Standing Committees in the Senate chaired by Committee Chairmen.
Lawan was elected to the Senate in 2007. In 2008, he was a member of the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Constitution Review. In 2009, as chairman of the Senate committee on Public Accounts, Lawan initiated and sponsored the Desertification Control Commission Bill.
In August 2009, Senator Lawan spoke against the proposed Kafin Zaki Dam. He stated that the Tiga Dam and Challawa Gorge Dam had already reduced water flow drastically, and the Jama’are River was now the main source of water in the Yobe River. He said the dams caused intense poverty, increased desert encroachment, migration and conflicts between arable farmers and herdsmen.
Lawan ran for reelection in Yobe North Senatorial District on the ANPP platform in the 9 April 2011 elections. He won with 92,799 votes, trailed by Hassan Kafayos Hussaini of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with 76,960 votes.
House of Representatives (The Green Chamber)
Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila
Speaker House of Representatives
Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila, the new Speaker was born on June 25, 1962. He had his elementary education in Lagos at the Mainland Preparatory School and proceeded to Igbobi College, Yaba in 1973 for his secondary education where he graduated in 1978. Gbajabiamila enrolled at the King Williams College, Isle of Man, United Kingdom for his ‘A Levels’ and graduated in 1980. He returned to Nigeria and was accepted into the University of Lagos for LLB (Bachelor of Law) degree programme. He graduated with honors in 1983, proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1984. Femi Gbajabiamila won his first term election in the House of Representatives in 2003 under the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).
In 2007 he was re-elected and was then elected as Action Congress (AC) leader and Minority Whip of the House.
Bills and motions he supported, among others, were the Employee Rights Bill, Local content in Construction Industry Bill, Vocational Schools Bill, The Economic Stimulus Bill, Interest-Free Students Loan and Establishment of Nigeria Education Bank Bill.
In 2011, Gbajabiamila contested and won a third term on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). In 2014, Gbajabiamila as the Leader of opposition in the House led his colleagues into the merger that gave birth to the APC. He was elected for fourth term in 2015 but lost his bid to become Speaker to Yakubu Dogara.
Gbajabiamila was however elected Leader of the 8th House of Representatives on July 28, 2015.
(Source: Daily post)