Alhaji Yusuf Aliyu-Umar, Lokoja II, has emerged as the new Speaker of the Kogi 8th Assembly after the lawmakers unanimously voted for him on Tuesday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the new speaker was earlier nominated by Hon. Rin Ebama-Shehu, who represents Lokoja I State Constituency and was seconded by Hon Suleiman Abdulrasaq, representative of Okene 1 State Constituency and subsequently voted in.
Rt Hon Paul Enema, representative of Dekina/Okura constituency, also emerged as the Deputy Speaker of the house.
Umar and Enema have since accepted their nomination and election in to the exalted positions as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.
The Clerk of the house, Alhaji Ahmed Sule-Chogudo, administered the oath of allegiance and membership on them.
Speaking, the new Speaker, thanked God and his fellow lawmakers for the privilege given to him to serve Kogi in that capacity.
While pledging to champion the affairs of the legislative house, Umar said he would partner with other Arms of Government toward moving Kogi to greater heights.
Earlier, the clerk had read Gov. Yahaya Bello’s letter of proclamation in which he (governor) cited relevant section of the 1999 Constitution as amended on the inauguration of the state’s 8th assembly.