Yakubu Saliu Danladi, a 34-year-old lawmaker, was on Tuesday elected as the Speaker of the ninth Kwara State House of Assembly.
Danladi, who is a first timer in the parliament is representing Ilesha/Gwanara constituency in the state House of Assembly.
Soon after the inauguration, Saheed Popoola, the only returning member in the assembly nominated Danladi as the Speaker and was seconded by Haliru Danbaba and thereafter adopted by all the members of the Assembly.
Adetiba-Olanrewaju Raphael Olalekan, member representing Oke-Ero constituency emerged Deputy Speaker of the assembly.
In the new Speaker’s inaugural speech, he called on his colleagues to hit the ground running as they have come into office in a time a plethora of challenges are troubling the smooth running of the state
“There is no gainsaying the fact that much is expected from us. After the euphoria of today come the challenges of tomorrow. We are assuming office at a period in our history when the morale of our people is at its lowest ebb.
“We are taking office when infrastructure are decayed or nonexistent, when salaries are being owed in arrears, when the health and education needs of majority of Kwarans have not been met.
“Therefore, as we commence the first session in the life of this 9th Assembly, we should hit the ground running. The people of Kwara that voted us voted change and we cannot give them anything less.
“We are expected to always stand for the defence of the rights and privileges of the common man. We should champion the cause of the weak and the poor. We should be the anchor of the wellbeing of our people,” Danladi said.
He expressed hope the 9th assembly would rescue the state from social, economic, political and infrastructural challenges it is currently facing.
According to him, the assembly will adopt a 5-point agenda to ensure checks and balance of the executive and make sure all arms of government work in harmony to propel good governance.
He stated the agendas to be: Enhancing the independence of the Legislature while maintaining a robust and cooperative relationship with the Executive; Improved Oversight function; Strengthening of House Committees for enhanced performance; Improved communication with the public; Conduct a legislative-need assessment.
“Distinguished colleagues, as we take our oaths today, it is my wish and hope that we utilize the new opportunity offered us by kwarans to recover our state from the clutches of social, economic, political and infrastructural quagmire.
“Let us fashion out the legislative instrument that will lead to Kwara renaissance. We should strive to doggedly pursue our Constitutional responsibilities of making laws for the peace and good governance of Kwara State and collectively resolve to consistently and continually protect and defend the interests of the masses.
“As legislators representing our various constituents, let us see ourselves as the mouth piece of the people in accordance with the principles of Accountability, Effectiveness, Rule of Law, Unity and Transparency so as to ensure stability, economic and social development and above all, good governance,” Danladi added.
The young Speaker’s election followed that of the 32-year-old Debo Ogundoyin, from Ibarapa East Constituency, who unanimously emerged Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly on Monday.
The lawmaker representing Jos East constituency, Abok Izam, 33, also emerged the new Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly on yesterday (Monday).