Niger deputy speaker resigns, new one elected

The leadership of the Niger state House of Assembly witnessed a shakeup on Thursday, July 23, as the deputy speaker Bako Alfa resigned while Jibrin Ndagi Baba was elected as his replacement.

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The resignation of Alfa, member representing Bida I, Bako Alfa, was announced in a notification letter read by the speaker, Abdullahi Wuse, during the plenary, according to Daily Nigerian.

The former deputy speaker appreciated the leadership of the house for the opportunity given to him to serve.

Afterwards, the clerk of the house, Abdullahi Kagara, called for the nomination of a new deputy speaker.

Baba, the lawmaker representing Lavun constituency was nominated for the position by Suleiman Gambo, and seconded by Ibrahim Salihu.

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There was no other nomination and Baba emerged by unanimous vote. In his acceptance speech, Baba said his nomination came as a great surprise, and appreciated the lawmakers for the opportunity given to him to serve.

“It’s a great surprise to me, because I am ‘too small’ for the position, that is because there are many of my colleagues here that are bigger than I, but still went ahead to nominate me,” he said.

He gave assurance to work towards the welfare and development of the house.

In another report, the governor of Niger state, Abubakar Bello, on Tuesday, June 30, ordered a 30 per cent slash in the salaries and allowances of all political officers in the state.

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Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, made the announced in a statement in Minna, the state capital.

“Those to be affected by the order include the governor, his deputy, commissioners, special advisers, and all other political appointees,” the statement said.

It said that the temporary slash was in view of the economic situation occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Government will transparently resume full payment of salaries and allowances when the economic situation improves,” the statement revealed

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