ENUGU – The sixth Enugu State House of Assembly was inaugurated on Monday with Chief Edward Ubosi (PDP-Enugu East 1) elected as the Speaker.
Chief Donatus Uzoagbado (PDP-Oji-River) emerged Deputy Speaker.
Inaugurating the assembly, the Clerk, Mr Christopher Chukwurah, who read a message from Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi reminded the lawmakers of the need to be committed to the building of the state.
“Haven experienced the high and low points in the recent developments and weathered the storm it signifies that we are growing in the right direction.
“Nation building is a journey of dedication and commitment.
“I urge you all to put the recent challenge behind and forge ahead to work harmoniously to move Enugu State forward,’’ he said.
The clerk administered the oath of office and allegiance on the two principal officers and decorated them with the regalia of their offices.
He handed over a copy of the standing rules of the assembly, the mace and a copy of the bible to the new speaker.
In his acceptance speech, Ubosi commended his colleagues for finding him worthy to be the speaker and assured that he would work as “a mere presiding servant’’.
He said that the sixth assembly would work in harmony, dedication and transparency for the implementation of dividends of democracy to move the state forward.
Ubosi called for prayers from people of the state, solicited the support of his colleagues and pledged to run an open-door while presiding over the affairs of the assembly.
In his remarks, Uzogbado said that his elevation was a call to service and that he would use his wealth of experience to reposition the sixth assembly to an enviable height.
“To whom much is given, much is expected’’ and as such, I will justify the confidence reposed in me by my colleagues and constituents to improve our living standards.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 15 of the lawmakers in the fifth assembly were re-elected while nine were elected to serve for the first time.
Only three out of the 24 legislators elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party were women. (NAN)
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