Kalu rated highest among Abia lawmakers with 25 bills 

With 25 legislative bills standing in his name, Orji Uzor Kalu, a first time senator from Abia State, who made his entry to the Senate in 2019, has been rated highest in bill sponsorship among other senators from the South East.

As reported on Tuesday by Nigeria’s parliamentary multimedia platform, Kalu has sponsored more bills at the nation’s apex parliament than his Abia State counterparts.

Using the 2019-2022 cumulative legislative tenure of the 9th Senate and Kalu’s bills, the Senate chief whip exceeded his colleagues by 67 per cent compared with Theodore Orji (10 bills) and Enyinnaya Abaribe (two bills) who have spent eight and 12 years respectively at the Red Chambers.

Asides discharging his constitutional elected responsibility with his bills driving streak, Kalu, the 62-year-old lawmaker representing Abia North, has also bagged prestigious awards from notable organisations in recognition of his infrastructure and empowerment drive for his constituents which has been described as superlative coming from a first time senator.

As published by OrderPaper, some of Kalu’s notable bills among the 25 include: A bill for an Act to amend the administration of criminal justice Act 2015 and other related matters bill 2020; A bill for an Act to establish the national food bank and to provide for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing, bill 2021; A bill for an Act to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to provide that the Federal Government and the state governments shall have concurrent legislative powers on railway, and to provide for matters related thereto 2021.

Kalu a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) was elected to the Senate in 2019 in the National Assembly.

In the report, the media organisation x-rayed the legislative performance of the 12 Abia lawmakers in the National Assembly. OrderPaper Nigeria highlighted the scorecard of senators and members of the House of Representatives from the state. The piece was focused on their performance in the area of bill sponsorship over the last three years (2019-2022).

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Kalu’s Education Bill: Senators mull fine, jail term for children’s non-enrolment in schools

A bill proposed by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, to amend the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act 2004, has received the unanimous nod of the Senate after the Clerk of the Senate, Barrister Chinedu Akubueze, read its short title during the plenary session pre- sided by the Senate President, Akpabio.

Shortly after the Leader of the Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele, introduced the bill to the Red Chamber, it received the approval of theSenate via a voice vote, The bill prescribes a fine of N50,000 or imprisonment for parents default in enrolling for primary and secondary school education. It also recom- mended free meals for child in the country.

The bill states that every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age. It further states every parent shall ensure that his child or ward attends and completes his primary school education and junior secondary school education by endeavouring to send the child to primary and junior secondary schools.

As proposed, stakeholders in education in a local government area shall ensure  that every parent or person who has the care and custody of a child performs the duty imposed on him under section 2(2) of this Act.

The Bill further noted that a parent who contravenes the earlier prescription should be liable, on the first conviction to be reprimanded.

“On a second conviction, a fine of N2,000 or imprisonment for a term of one month or both; and on subsequent conviction, to a fine of N5,000 or imprisonment for a term of two months or to both.

The Senate, however, in its amendment, proposed N50,000 fine instead of the N5,000 previously stated in the Act. The amendment states: “Section (4) (b) of the Principal Act is amended by deleting N2,000 and inserting N20,000. Section (4) (c) of the Principal Act is amended by deleting N5,000 and inserting N50,000.” It added, “Section 3(2) of the Principal Act is amended by deleting N10,000 and inserting N100,000.” “A person who receives or obtains any fee contrary to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N10,000 or imprisonment for a term of three months or to both.

As proposed, every parent shall ensure that his child receives full-time education suitable to his age, ability and aptitude by regular attendance at schools.

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Orji Kalu gave Tinubu 300,000, not 8,000 votes —Group replies Adamu Garba

The National support group of the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu has debunked claims by a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Adamu Garba that the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu got only 8,000 votes from Abia State.

The Political pressure group known as “OUK Grassroots Movement” described Garba’s statement as not only erroneous but ignorant clarifying that Kalu, a former Abia Governor and Senate President hopeful contributed over 300,000 votes to the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the presidential elections.

The group’s national leader, Alhaji Murtala Mohammed in a press release on Tuesday said Garba has no moral standing to advise the party leadership as he had recently dumped the party only to return a month after.

Murtala flayed Garba’s comment on a certain programme of national television where he said that members of the APC in the South-East did not do enough to give them the right to demand that the office of the Senate President should come to the South-East.

He added that Garba spoke out of ignorance about the level of political structure put in place for the Senate Chief Whip by his numerous supporters across the country who wanted the former Abia Governor to run for President ahead of the 2023 election.

He said that the comment was a deliberate attempt to jeopardize Kalu’s chances of emerging as the next Senate President in June, adding that such an attempt will fail.

He called on the leadership of APC and the President-Elect to disregard the comment.

The statement read thus: “Our attention has been drawn to a fake news story flying on social media platforms that Orji Uzor Kalu gave Tinubu only 8000 votes during the Presidential election. That’s an insult to the Distinguished Senator and former Governor who has the capacity to run for President. How can someone who has a national political structure give Tinubu only 8000 votes during the Presidential election? It’s not true

“For the record, we formed a Movement to mobilize support for the former Abia Governor to run for President and we were able to mobilize supporters across all the 36 States of the federation and FCT, Abuja, but when it became clear that our principal is not going to run for President, we collapsed our structure for Tinubu and eventually we gave Tinubu over 300,000 votes

“What I am saying is that the political structure of Orji Uzor Kalu cuts across the whole country because he has followers and supporters all over the 36 States and FCT Abuja, so it is wrong to use votes from Abia State and the Southeast geopolitical zone to judge his contribution to the election of Tinubu as President during February Presidential election.”

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10th NASS: Why Sen. Kalu should be next Senate President

The Progressive Youth Group, has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the Senate Presidency to the South-East.

To this end, the pressure group had endorsed Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu (APC-Abia) who is the Chief Whip of the Senate as the next Senate President.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the group’s Convener, Mr Idris Jibril.

He said: “having thoughtfully considered several factors and the greater good for all, the Progressive Youth Group hereby endorses Kalu as the next Senate President of the 10th Assembly.”

Jibril said that the senate as a critical institution provides a crucible for balance of power within the system of government practiced in Nigeria.

“The President-elect is from South-West, Vice President-elect from North-East, it is our fervent believe that the Senate President should come from the South-East.”

The convener also called on the Council of State to join their voices in this worthy endeavour.

“We believe that their endorsement of Kalu will further strengthen his candidacy and send a strong message of unity to the entire country.

“We urge the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, the President-elect, elected legislators, and stakeholders to put aside their differences and work toward a common good for the country.

“This is not about political affiliation but about the interest of the country and the Nigerian people.”

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