The ninth Plateau State House of Assembly has appointed Hon. Abok Ayuba, a 33-year-old 500-level student of Law at the University of Jos, as its speaker.
Ayuba was appointed on Monday at the Assembly’s inaugural sitting.
The newly-appointed Speaker, who represents Jos East constituency, was without opposition; with the agreement of all people involved elected by members without subjecting it through electoral process.
The election followed a nomination by the member representing Jos North-North constituency, Hon. Ibrahim Baba-Hassan, and was seconded by member representing Jos North-West constituency, Hon. Esther Simi Dusu.
Similarly, the Assembly re-elected the immediate past deputy, Hon. Salleh Yipmong, representing Dengi constituency as its Deputy Speaker.
In his acceptance speech, the newly-appointed Speaker thanked his colleagues for the confidence reposed on him and promised not to fail them.
Ayuba assured fellow members that his leadership will not differentiate based on tribe, religious, gender or political affiliations.
“As speaker of this noble assembly, I promise to serve with the fear of God, trust and humility,” he stressed.