LEGIS-PROFILE: Unveiling Senator Ita Enang – A Brilliant Legislator and Gentleman
LEGISREPORTS NG – Better known for his brilliance as an outstanding legislator, Senator Enang has come to be reckoned with as an excellent lawmaker in both chambers of the National Assembly due to his long years of experience, one that has earned him the Chairmanship position of the Committee on Rules and Business – otherwise seen as the engine room of the apex legislative body – in the House of Representatives and presently in the Senate where he is currently a serving member.
His contribution to issues of national interest on the floor of both chambers of the National Assembly since 1999 has facilitated and added to the passage of Legislation suited to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
Also known for his outspoken active and vibrant disposition, Senator Enang indisputably passes for one of the finest lawmakers and gentleman ever in the Senate of the Seventh National Assembly.
His political sagacity and daring nature has endeared to him a reputation much revered amongst his colleagues who now perceive his individuality as a potent force to reckon with.
Ita Solomon Enang was born on 23 August 1962. He attended the Presbyterian Teachers Training College, Ididep, Akwa Ibom State (1974-1979). He was admitted to the University of Calabar, Calabar in 1980 where he majored in Law, graduating in 1984. He went on to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. He then entered private practice with his own law firm.
Enang started his political career first as a councilor in 1987, and subsequently as a member of the Akwa Ibom State house of assembly in 1992. He was then elected to the House of Representatives in 1999 where he served three terms as a member of the Lower chamber of the National Assembly. Though his election to represent the Ibiono Ibom/Itu Federal Constituency in April 2007 was nullified in December 2007 by an Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Enang was eventually reelected on 20 January 2010.
In his bid to seek better living standard for his people, Enang worked tirelessly and relentlessly towards the abolition of the onshore/offshore dichotomy, thereby ensuring that his state of Akwa Ibom became the highest earner of oil revenue in the country.
As the federal representative for Itu/Ibiono, Enang’s commitment and Dedication earned him the appointment of Chairman of the House Committee on Business and Rules.
As an astute politician, Enang represented the Itu and Ibiono Ibom Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2011. He was then elected Senator for the Uyo (North East) Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State in the upper chamber of the National Assembly where he currently Chairs the Senate Committee on Rules and Business.
Running in April 2011 for the Senate seat of Uyo (North east) Akwa Ibom on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Enang won with 160,942 votes. The runner up was Nsima Edem Umoh of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with 121,965 votes.
Senator Enang who is presently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business is considered one of the most vibrant and hardworking legislators in the Seventh National Assembly.
His dedication and hardworking disposition towards matters of legislation and how same can be beneficial to Nigerians has seen him sponsoring several bills and motions on the floor of the lower and upper chamber of the National Assembly from 1999 till 2013. Among such bills and motions sponsored in the Seventh Senate are ones listed below.
1. University of Uyo (Est) Bill 2011 – Report laid on 28 march 2012
2. Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority Act (Amendment) Bill 2011 – Due for second reading
3. Chartered Institute of Certified Secretaries and Reporters (est) Bill 2012.
6 March 2012
4. Equipment Leasing Bill 2009 – Due for second reading
5. Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria Bill – Due for Second Reading
6. Nigerian Ports Authority (Amendment) Bill – First Reading taken on 23 may 2012
7. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2012
8. Animal Health and Husbandry Technologists Bill, 2012
9. Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill, 2012
10. National Assembly Service Commission Act 2000 (Repeal and Enactment) Bill 2013
1. Bomb blast at Police Force Headquarters, Abuja
2. Proposed 3 days warning strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the organized labour
3. Matter of Urgent Public Importance (Nigerians attaining 51 years as one united nation after Independence)
4. Matter of Urgent Public Importance (International Women’s Day) 8th March, 2012
5. Nomination of Dr. Ngoni Okonjo-Iweala for President of the World Bank 17th April, 2012
6. Senate’s Pledge to the Children of Nigeria, Children of the World on 2012 Children’s Day Celebration – 24th May, 2012.
7. Congratulations to Nigeria and Nigerians on her 52nd Independence Anniversary
8. Demise of Justice Kayode Eso (rtd) JSC,CON, CFR
9. Emergency Preparedness for 2013 Flood and Rainfall prediction: urgent need for dredging and desilting of the River Niger, the Cross River, River Benue and other Inland Waterways in Nigeria.
This Profile was prepared by our reporter at the National Assembly, Abuja.