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Speaker Abbas appoints new chief of staff

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, has appointed Jake Dan-Azumi as his Chief of Staff.


The Speaker, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Musa Krishi, on Monday, said the new Chief of Staff will replace Wasiu Olanrewaju-Smart, who served as Acting Chief of Staff.


The statement noted that Olanrewaju-Smart, who served as Chief of Staff to former Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, is picking up another appointment in the same role.


The new Chief of Staff also served as aide to former Senate President David Mark.


The statement read, “Until his appointment, Prof. Dan-Azumi was the Technical Assistant to the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), National Assembly.


“Jake Dan-Azumi is a professor of Political Science and Development Studies. He has extensive experience in development work focusing on democratic governance and public policy, parliamentary institutional strengthening, research, peace and security, human rights, conflict and peacebuilding and gender.


“He previously worked as a Special Assistant to the President of the Senate, Sen. (Dr.) David Mark, GCON, between 2011 and 2014.


“Prof. Dan-Azumi, who has over 14 years cumulative experience in the National Assembly system, is an expert in the design and delivery of parliamentary and democratic support programmes.


“He holds a Doctorate Degree in International Development from University College London (UCL); MSc International Human Rights Law from Oxford University; a BA (First Class) from the University of South Africa, and a BA (First Class, Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe, where he was awarded the Book Prize for the Best Student.


“His other qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods from the University of Bradford, UK, among others. Prof. Dan-Azumi hails from Zing Local Government Area of Taraba State.”

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