NEWLY sworn-in member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, representing Ugya/Umaisha constituency, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe, yesterday emerged the new Speaker of the House shortly after the inauguration of the 5thAssembly.
Members of the Fifth Assembly had stepped down House Rule ‘1b’ which stipulates that only ranking members of the Assembly can be elected as principal officers of the legislature to elect the speaker who is a first timer.
Immediate past Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Godiya Akwashiki, representing Nasarawa-Eggon West (PDP) who was re-elected into the House emerged Deputy Speaker unopposed.
Speaking shortly after his inauguration, the Speaker pledged to carry his colleagues along, irrespective of their political leanings in the best interest of the state.
Balarabe further assured that the legislature under his leadership will work towards complementing other arms of government by according priorities on legislations that have direct bearing on the lives of the people so as to add value to their lives.
In a remark, a member representing Lafia North constituency in the Assembly, Barr Mohammed Alkali explained that the Assembly decided to jettison the House Rule which stipulates ranking status for principal officers, having observed that only six members out of the twenty four members of the current Assembly secured return tickets out of which only two are from the APC.
He explained that, if the number of members that returned were considered in line with the aborted rule, it was difficult to reconcile the two which limits principal officers within the six that were returned hence the need to reconsider the decision for the interest of effective legislation.

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