BY JOHN BULUS
GOMBE – SPEAKER of Gombe State House of Assembly, Mr. Inuwa Garba, has emerged chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.
The choice of Garba for the office was a unanimous decision reached by members at Sharon Ultimate Hotel in Garki, Abuja, yesterday.
After a brief meeting by the 36 speakers, who gathered at the Gwarimpa conference venue, the election was shifted to the hotel for undisclosed reasons.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the election, the Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salam, who served as the caretaker committee chairman said: “We have all agreed that the Speaker representing Gombe in the conference is to be the Speaker of the Conference.
“It is a unanimous decision by the members of the conference that the chairman of the conference remains Gombe State Speaker and he has been saddled with the responsibility of the conference”.
Garba, who spoke later said his election was the freest he had witnessed and participated in his life. He said: ”This is the freest and fairest election I have witnessed and participated in my life. I thank God and my colleagues for electing me.”
Garba also told Vanguard that his regime will pursue, among other things, the unity and integration of the country.
He said: “It is going to be a regime of new beginning. It is going to be a regime of changes, a regime of development and growth. Positive decisions must be taken by this regime to realise its numerous goals. Dialogue, which has remained a time-tested tool in development pursuits will be employed by our administration.”
Former Chairman of the body and Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Mr Istafanus Gbana, his Delta and Kwara states Houses of Assembly, Messrs Victor Ochei, Bolaji Atunwa and Garba, who is the winner showed interest in the election.
Former Rivers State Speaker, Chibuike Amaechi, who is now the governor of the state as well as the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, was the pioneer chairman of the conference.