facts about the National Assembly
By Tosin Oluwatope
As the 9th National Assembly is Inaugurated, I bring you some fact about the National Assembly researched and compiled by my humble self which I bet you don’t know. Enjoy!
1. Ike Ekweremadu is the longest-serving presiding officer in the history of the National Assembly (NA) having served at the Deputy Senate President for 12 Consecutive Years.
2. Only 2 lawmakers has featured in all NA assembly Inauguration since the return of civil rule and the 4th Republic in 1999 till date. They are Sen. Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Nicholas Ebomo Mutu. They are both serving their 6th terms in the NA with their inauguration today.
3. Hon. Nicholas Ebomo Mutu representing Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency, Delta state is the longest and highest serving Federal Lawmaker of the Green Chamber of the NA. He is on a 6th term.
4. With Femi Gbajabiamila emergence as the Speaker House of Representative, he is the first person in Nigeria history to ever hold the trio positions of the leader of the opposition (Minority Leader), Leader of the ruling party (Majority Leader) and Leader of the House of Representative (Speaker)
5. All except one of the 9 NA members from Kwara state Inaugurated today are Freshers, they have the highest percentage of freshers across the whole Federation.
6. Only 3 lawmakers Inaugurated in the 4th Assembly in 1999 are Inaugurated in the today’s 9th Assembly in 2019.
7. Throughout his 4-year stay in the 8th Assembly, Senator David Mark did not contribute to any debate on the floor of the house and he was the only Senator that does not belong to any standing committee
8. Former Senate President David Mark is the longest Serving Senator in Nigeria history, quitting the Red Chamber last week after a 20 years stay. He is also Nigeria longest serving Senate President
9. Senator Ovie Omo Agege is the first Senators to win a re-election in Delta Central Senatorial District. He sponsored over 10 bills in the 8th Assembly, reportedly the most by any Senator of the 8th Assembly.
10. With 312 bills passed, the 8th Assembly Senate under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki has passed as twice as many bills as any other assemblies in Nigeria history.