The Gombe State House of Assembly has elected Abubakar Luggerewo and Saddam Bello, both of the All Progressives Congress, as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
Luggerewo was the speaker in the just concluded sixth Assembly after the impeachment of Sadiq Kurba.
Addressing journalists at his conference room after he was sworn in, The PUNCH reported that Luggerewo lauded his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him to lead them in the newly inaugurated assembly.
He said the honour would not be taken for granted, promising to discharge his responsibility with utmost respect and fairness.
He said, “We are all honourable members and each and everyone is entitled to be the Speaker but they entrusted me and gave me that mandate to lead the affairs of the house.
“This is high responsibility which I believe I will do all my best to do justice to the confidence or to the responsibility given to me. They are all aware that the House of Assembly is a complex institution where you are leading your peers, we came from various constituencies and everyone is entitled to his own opinion but they gathered together and agreed that I should emerge unopposed that is a very great, humble decision.”
Speaking on the challenges he faced in the last assembly and how he intends to lead the house in the current legislative year, Luggerewo said he would consolidate on the gains of the assembly.
“We passed almost 42 bills and more than 175 resolutions during the period of four years and I’m sure with their support and cooperation most especially with this vibrant Deputy Speaker behind me I’m sure we will do more and more.
“The governor is also working hand in hand with the three arms I’m sure they will give me the necessary support to promote unity, harmony and improve the development achievements of this government. We are optimistic that this seventh Assembly is going to be better than the sixth,” he added.