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REVEALED: Shape of Nigeria’s New House of Reps

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 1:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

ONE in every 26 members of the incoming House of Representatives will be a woman, a comprehensive list of winners of the National Assembly elections has shown. The House has 360 members.

According to the list released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abia and Gombe states are the highest contributors of female members to the House of Representatives. Both states produced two female winners each.

Yobe, the hotbed of Boko Haram insurgency, also produced one female Representatives member.

Most of the female House of Representatives members – nine out of 14 – belong to the would-be opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and all, but one holds at least a Bachelors degree.

Generally, most of the Representatives members in the Eighth National Assembly possess at least a Bachelors degree. Only 26 members hold only Secondary School Certificate.

Lagos State produced the highest number of lawmakers with low educational qualifications, with four out of the 26 lawmakers having SSCE only. Kaduna State produced three, while Delta, Bauchi, Cross River, and Sokoto produced two each.

The 8th House of Reps has at least 13 PhD holders. Enugu State, with two PhD certified lawmakers, produced the highest number of doctorate holders in the House.

Anambra, Plateau, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Osun, Sokoto, and Taraba produced one each. Ekiti State, known for its high number of literate citizens, had none.

Traditionally, Lagos and Kano contributed the highest number of lawmakers, each producing 24 Reps.

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), home to the parliament, contributed the least, two lawmakers. Nasarawa and Bayelsa contributed five each.