The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly Mr Mudashiru Obasa has been elected Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of the State Legislatures of Nigeria.
New executives were elected by the conference at its 2018 Second Quarter Conference held between Friday, Aug. 3 and Sunday Aug. 5 in Ikeja, Lagos.
Alhaji Isamaila Kamba, the Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly and outgoing chairman of the conference handed over to Obasa.
Mr Ahmed Guni, the Chairman, Electoral Committee and Communiqué Drafting Committee, while reading the communique from the conference stated that the conference deliberated on a number of national issues and conducted elections.
Guni, the Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly said: “Among other things, the conference reviewed and adopted the report of its special committee set up to facilitate an efficient and effective implementation of the financial autonomy law for the state legislatures and the judiciary.
“The conference also deliberated on a wide range of topical national issues. The conference equally elected a new set of national executives that will run the affairs of the conference.
“At the end of the elections, Rt-Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly emerged the new conference chairman.
“The office of the Deputy Chairman went to the Speaker of the Taraba House of Assembly Rt-Hon. Peter Abeldiah, while the Treasurer went to the Speaker of Delta State, Rt.-Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori.
“The Financial Secretary was clinched by the Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly, Prince Kolawole Matthew,” he said.
The conference elected vice chairmen: Mr Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, Speaker of Rivers representing South-South Geographical Zone and while Mrs Rita Maduagu, Speaker of Anambra (representing South-East) representing the six geopolitical zones.
He said that Prophet Oloyelogun David, Speaker of Ondo State representing the South-West.
Guni added that Mr Sanusi Rikiji, Speaker of Zamfara (representing the North-West); Mr Balarabe Ibrahim, Speaker of Nasarawa State (Representing the North-Central) while Mr Kawuwa Damina, Speaker of Bauchi (representing the North-East).
He said that the conference also resolved to call on the Federal Government to direct relevant government agencies to ensure prompt implementation of the new constitutional provision granting financial autonomy to the judiciary and state legislatures.
In his acceptance speech, the new conference Chairman, Obasa, who described his election as a great honour and privilege, promised to serve the interests of the conference.
Obasa said: “This mandate is a sacred one and I intend to do everything within my power to protect its sanctity.
“It is a mandate which brings about a burden, the burden to serve, not only my colleagues but the entire people of Nigeria who have honoured us with their votes at our respective constituencies to promote and protect their interest and welfare,” he said.
Obasa, who frowned at attacks on parliaments, said that he would work for the protection of the rights of the legislature and cooperate with other arms of government for the growth and development of the county.
“I assure you that we will not keep quiet, fold our hands and watch our rights being trampled upon. We will be gentle but firm in our demand for our rights, resolute but not deliberately antagonistic.
“The parliament is the last option for democracy and it is our duty to protect it for the survival of democratic values and ideals,” he said.
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