That the 6th Assembly has broken several records since the assumption of office of the 11th Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam, is no longer news. What is however news, is that, for the first time since the return of democracy in 1999, a Speaker of the House has deemed it necessary to consider the welfare of Staff of the Assembly a priority.
Comrade Muhammed Abdullahi Bello stated this much when he led the Executives of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam, on Tuesday, 13th June, 2016 at his residence, Mount Patti Road, Lokoja LGA, Kogi State. The PASAN Chairman, while thanking the Speaker, said that aside from the N500,000 cash gift to the staff on Friday, 3rd June, 2016, the provision of 60 bags of rice to support the staff through the Ramadan period is a novelty.
He described it as a “kind gesture unparalleled in the history of the Kogi State House of Assembly”. He also commended the Speaker and the Patriotic members of the House who ensured that the Assembly Complex and its environ wears a new and befitting look, with the ongoing work at the Assembly, a feat never before contemplated by previous Assembly members.
He said with the Governor displaying such magnanimity to them by considering their wellbeing at their workplace, they have nothing else to reciprocate but to be completely loyal to the New Direction Administration.
While appreciating their coming and acknowledging the receipt of a letter of appreciation from their Union, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam assured them of better days ahead as far as staff welfare is concerned. He also assured them of the sincerity of purpose of His Excellency’s New Direction Administration and why he, as the Speaker of the House, is the number one supporter of the Governor from day one. He went on to let them know that power belongs to God and He alone has made His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Bello the Governor of Kogi State today with a divine mission for the State. He then encouraged them to remain law abiding and work in the best interest of the State at all time.
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