Taraba Gets New Speaker


From Odeh Ogagi, Taraba

The Taraba State House of Assembly has elected Mr Joseph Albasu Kunini and Alh Hamman Adama Abdulahi as the new Speaker and deputy Speaker of the House respectively following recent resignation of Mr Abel Peter Diah and Mr Charles Maijankai from the said positions respectively.

The House which convened Monday morning elected Alh Muhammad Gwampo as Speaker pro tempo who chaired the House for the election of the  new Speaker.

Kunini was nominated by Mr Bonzana Kizito who represents Zing constituency, and seconded by Mr Ammed Jedua of Gyembu constituency.

His election was unanimous with all the 16 members present out of the twenty four members that constitute the House.

After taking oath of office, the speaker open the floor for the nomination of deputy speaker and Alh Bashir Muhammad made the nomination of Abdulahi who represents Bali II State Constituency and he was also elected unanimously since there was no contrary nomination.

In his acceptance speech, Kunini said he was honored to have been found worthy to serve and pledged to be just and equitable in his dealings with members and Tarabans.

Mr Joseph Albasu Kunini

“This is a House of justice and equity. Taraba should be greater than any individual and we must work hard to take the state to greater heights. I will work to champion this maximum cooperation.

“Even though there exists the principle of separation of power, this cannot be water tight. As such we must work as a team as partners in the project of making Taraba a greater place. I will run an open door parliament where the minority will have a say.

“Thank you for this trust. I assure you that it will be used as a medium to serve God and humanity. Thank you for this privilege”.

The Speaker also promised to work hard to make sure that the House is truly united to function to maximum capacity for overall benefits of citizenry.

Albasu Kunini, who represents the Lau Constituency is a three-term member of the House and was until his appointment the Majority Leader of the House

The House also nominated Mr Douglas Nda Isaiah as the Majority leader of the House.

Consequently, Governor Ishaku has promised maximum support to the legislators to succeed in this new assignment.

He made this assertion when the new Speaker of the State House of Assembly paid him courtesy call at Government House, Jalingo.

The Governor said he was happy that the crisis at the state assembly was over, stressing that state remains spacesetter in the relationship the executive, called for sued for sustenance.


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