Femi Gbajabiamila, the newly elected speaker of the Home of Representatives spoke yesterday of the Inexperienced Chamber of his dream and informed Nigerians to not anticipate a rubber-stamped decrease chamber and promised to carry the workplace in belief for all.
In his acceptance speech after polling 281 votes to beat his solely challenger, Umaru Bago, who recorded 76 votes, Gbajabiamila stated there can be reform within the Home however it will be gradual.
He stated probity and accountability can be his watchword.
Gabjabiamila stated: “It’s my honour and pleasure to deal with you as we speak because the duly elected Speaker of the ninth Home of Representatives. No higher honour might be executed a person than to be elected by his friends as their chief and customary bearer. That is the honour you will have given me as we speak and from the underside of my coronary heart, I say thanks.
“I thank Mr. President, my occasion leaders and colleagues throughout occasion strains for the arrogance reposed in me. I thank my spouse and household for placing up with my lengthy hours and being absent over the months however, most significantly, I thank the Almighty Allah for I see his thumb and footprints throughout from the second this marketing campaign began.
“Honourable colleagues, I perceive that I maintain this workplace in belief for you and Nigerians. Acutely aware of this sacred belief, I hereby dedicate myself to the service of this honourable Home and of the great residents of this nice nation, with the dedication that I shall always, try to defend the structure of our republic.
“I equally commit myself to all the time observe the tenets of justice, fairness and equity in my dealings with my colleagues, and to use the beliefs of transparency, probity and accountability in my administration of the affairs of this honourable home.
”The competition for the speakership of this Ninth Meeting is now over and it’s time to maneuver on. Our nation is presently confronted with a myriad of issues and it’s our duty as members of this establishment to put aside political, ideological and different variations that will distract us from the project the Nigerian folks have despatched us right here to carry out. There’s loads more that unite us than divide us.
“There’s a lot work to be executed and we should now pull collectively, roll up our sleeves, cool down and attend to the folks’s enterprise. No matter political occasion every certainly one of us could belong, we should take heed to the truth that Nigerians are really desirous of fine governance and need to us to be the brokers that can via significant laws fight safety, poverty, corruption and different issues and contradictions which have held our nation again and stunted our growth.
“It’s this message of unity and coming collectively that knowledgeable the theme of our marketing campaign…nation-building, a joint activity.We’ve got determined to hold this theme into the operations of the Ninth Meeting. As you may see, the emblem, which embodies all events represented within the Home, shall be displayed completely behind the speaker’s chair for all to see and as a relentless reminder of what this Meeting is all about.
“We should stay one nation certain in freedom, peace and unity. Our imaginative and prescient could be very easy, and that’s to make use of the legislative platform and the instrumentality of the regulation to make Nigeria a greater and more good union.
“My deputy, Hon. Ahmed Idris and I include a cumulative 30-year legislative expertise which we intend to deploy in making our imaginative and prescient a actuality. It was Winston Churchill that stated ‘we make a dwelling by what we get however we make by what we give a life’.
“I discovered these phrases very profound and Hon. Wase and I intend to have success via what we shall be giving for the subsequent 4 years.
“There comes a time within the life and historical past of a folks after they interrogate the previous and current, evaluation previous sacrifices, miscalculations and errors and collectively resolve to go for change, peace and progress. We’re at such a second on this nation. Hon colleagues of the Ninth Meeting, that is our time, that is our second and historical past beckons.
“The Ninth Meeting beneath my management goes to be a Home of reforms; or, if you happen to like, a reformed Meeting. The reforms shall be dished out piecemeal and at intervals in order to not choke the system.
“Transferring ahead, due to this fact, my pricey colleagues, it is not going to be enterprise as ordinary and we shall be shaking the desk just a bit. We shall be introducing varied reforms that can reposition this establishment however please relaxation assured that they are going to be for the higher good.
“On our shoulders lies the duty of working collectively as a Home to safeguard the way forward for our nice nation. The Home have to be reformed earlier than the nation might be reformed. We merely can’t and should not fail.
“On this regard, and in order to shortly hit the bottom operating, I’m saying the appointment of Hon. Sanusi Rikiji, the previous speaker of Zamfara State as my chief of workers. Hon Sanusi comes with a wealth of legislative expertise and I consider his inclusion on this Meeting will add immense worth.
“Hon colleagues, there’s a lot work to be executed in such little time. Let’s roll our sleeves and get to work. Nigerians are ready. God bless you all.”