Abioye Olarewaju, Ilorin
The immediate past Chairman of Committee on Judiciary in the House of Representatives, Dr Ahmad Ali, yesterday, emerged the Speaker for the eighth legislature of the Kwara House of Assembly. Ali was unanimously elected by the remaining 23 Members of the House at its inauguration of the Assembly on Monday in llorin.
The motion for the nomination of the Speaker was moved by Hon. Hassan Oyeleke (APC, Essa sawo lgboidun constituency)) and seconded by Hon Adamu Usman (APC, of Okuta-Yashikira Constituency).
The Member representing Lanwa-Ejodongari constituency, Mr. Mathew Okedare emerged as the deputy speaker of the House. In his acceptance speech, the new speaker, Dr Ahmad Ali said the task ahead of the new Legislators was daunting in view of the frightening economic outlook of the Country .
He added that Youth unemployment which had risen to an unprecedented level needed to be tackled. Ahmad noted that as representatives of the people who share their aspirations and pains, the legislators must be creative in finding a short term and long term solution to the problems of the State.
The new Speaker said the Assembly was unique in many ways as it has no single member of the opposition party. The ex House of Representatives Member advised new members to avoid negative tendencies that could drawback legislative process.
He called for unity among Members towards ensuring transparency and achieving the goal of accountability and good governance. The new Speaker assured Kwarans that the House would be the first to enact a state version of bill on the Administration of Criminal Justice.
He said the bill was to ensure that any citizen accused of committing crime will get justice within one year. He added that child protection and gender sensitive laws would also receive attention. Ahmad said the House would work hand in hand with other arms of government to move the state to an enviable position. He encouraged members to immediately establish constituency offices in their respective areas to maintain close touch with the people that voted for them.
The speaker appreciated Kwarans, political leaders and indeed the great supporters of APC who stood by them during their contest that led to their emergence. Other principal officers elected at the inaugural sitting of the eight legislature are Alhaji Hassan Oyeleke Essa-Shawo-Igbodun, House Leader, and Hajia Segilola AbdulKadir Deputy House Leader.