- Kazeem Badmus
Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin, the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, on Saturday, emerged as the new Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria.
Ogundoyin emerged at the national meeting of the conference held in Abuja, becoming the youngest Chairman of the Conference since its establishment in 1999.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the Ogun State House of Assembly Speaker, Honourable Taiwo Oluomo, withdrew to pave way for Ogundoyin.
Ogundoyin’s emergence was, thereafter, confirmed through a unanimous voice vote by the conference.
The newly elected chairman will serve a two-year tenure succeeding Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Honourable Abubakar Suleiman.
In his acceptance speech, Ogundoyin assured selfless service to the conference.
He said: “I accept this honour with a great sense of gratitude, humility, responsibility and an overwhelming determination to selflessly serve this assemblage of highly revered Rt. Honourable Speakers of Nigeria’s State Legislatures.
“I would like to say that today marks another significant milestone in my life and indeed in my political journey because as the youngest amongst you, you have unhesitantly given me the mandate to steer the ship of the Conference not minding my young mind. I see this as one of the highest honors bestowed on me and one of the greatest challenges and responsibilities placed before me in recent years.
“I am however poised for the task and ready to justify the confidence reposed in me by all our highly esteemed Speakers of State legislatures in Nigeria. I shall work and relate with everyone as we are all indispensable stakeholders in the assignment given to the new Executive council.”
He further stated that the new Executive Council would not only work assiduously to achieve the goals of the Conference but would also set more ambitious and realistic goals.
He added: “We are ready to place the Conference on a higher pedestal by working to make it more relevant in the grand scheme of things in our dear nation. We shall equally ensure a more robust connection and network with other parliaments, parliamentary organizations and various notable institutions across the world.”