June 16, 2009

New Niger Speaker resigns

By Wole Mosadomi

Minna — The New Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Alhaji Saidu Ndako Idris, has resigned exactly eight days after his election into the office just as another Speaker was immediately elected and sworn-in.

The eight-day speaker who assumed the new post last  Tuesday did not surface at the reconvened sitting yesterday but only turned in his letter of resignation which was accepted by the House.

In the letter addressed to the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly and entitled: “Stepping aside as Speaker Niger State House of Assembly,” the former Speaker who did not give specific reasons for his resignation only thanked the members for the confidence reposed in him to lead the House.

He reminded the members on the need to render inspiring services to the entire people of the state in an atmosphere of peace and harmony, saying: “It is our collective duty to uphold our mandates and allow dialogue and understanding to guide our roles in fulfilling our promises to the electorate and for this reasons, I hereby with honour decided to step aside as speaker for the honourable House to elect a new speaker to lead us all.”

Immediately the Deputy Speaker of the House, Alhaji Bashir Lokogoma who presided over the sitting read the letter, a member, Alhaji Mohammed Dada (Bosso Constituency PDP) moved a motion by nominating Alhaji Umar Musa Ma’ali of Lavun Constituency as the new Speaker which was unanimously endorsed by all the members after being seconded by Alhaji Sheidu Umaru, (Bida II ANPP).

The new speaker was then sworn in after taking oath of Office.

In his maiden address, the new speaker thanked the members for the confidence reposed in him and assured  of carrying them along during his tenure for the growth of not only the house but of the state.

He also extended his hands of fellowship to the executive arm of government in order to move the state forward.