9 Jun 2015

Ali Ahmad elected Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly

Kwara State Assembly has elected Honourable Ali Ahmad as the Speaker of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 24-member assembly, during its inauguration, on Monday.

Ahmad, who was the immediate past chairman of House Committee on Justice, succeeded former speaker, Honourable Razak Atunwa elected member of the House of Representatives, representing Ilorin West/Asa federal constituency.

Also, Honourable Mathew Okedare representing Ejidongari/Lanwa state constituency of Moro Local Government Council of the state, emerged the deputy speaker of the House, while Honourable Hassan Oyeleke of Ojomu/Shao state constituency emerged the Majority Leader of the House.

Honourable Ahmad, representing Ilorin East/South state constituency was nominated by Honourable Hasan Oyeleke representing Ojomu/Shao constituency of Offa Local Government Council of the state, while the motion was seconded by Honourable Adamu Usman of Okuta/Yashikira constituency of Baruten Local Government Council.

Speaking after his inauguration, Honourable Ahmad said that he was honoured to be elected the Speaker, considering the status of Kwara State in Nigerian political history.

The new Speaker, who said the tasks ahead were daunting, added that economic reality in the country was frightening even as he said the rate of youth unemployment remained high.
“We must be creative in finding short and long term solutions to the challenges, including security of lives and property,” Ahmad said. He also charged members of the House not to be complacent just because there was no opposition or exhibit layback attitude.

“We must always encourage robust public hearing to get confidence of people and maintain close touch with people,” he said.
The Speaker, who assured that he would carry out legislative assignments in a manner that people would be proud of the House, promised to work with Governor Ahmed to enact laws to rid the state of miscreants.

He said the state would be the first in the country to administer criminal justice so that justice could be got in one year.

Credit: Biola Azeez/Nigerian Tribune

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