The ninth National Assembly has been inaugurated and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila has been elected new speaker of the House of Representatives. The lawmaker representing Surulere 1 federal constituency emerged victorious in the speakership election on Tuesday, June 11.
Legit.ng brings you five facts you need to know about the new speaker. Read below:
1. Educated in Nigeria, US and the UK
Femi Gbajabiamila attended the popular Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos and then proceeded to King William’s College, on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom. He also attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, United States and the University Of Lagos (UNILAG), in Lagos obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in law.
The lawmaker is famous in the Nigerian political environment since he joined politics and became elected to the House of Representatives in 2003, and re-elected in 2007 and then 2011. He represented the Surulere I constituency of Lagos State in the House of Representatives and was the minority leader of the House of Representatives in the sixth and seventh Assembly. He was the majority leader of the House of Representatives in the ninth Assembly.
2. Raised eyebrows as a lawyer in the USA
Although he practiced law in Georgia, United States of America, before returning to Nigeria in 2002, Femi was sanctioned for professional misconduct and negligence. He does, however, lamented that the offence was committed by a 'para-legal' who failed to carry out instructions concerning the handling of a client’s $25,000. He, however, denied that he was charged.
3. No shying from the limelight
As the majority leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila’s major legislative interests are the independence of the legislature and welfare. Honourable Gbajabiamila has shown that he has no fear of controversy, having stood against former president Olusegun Obasanjo in the latter’s third term bid. As an opposition politician, he moved a motion invoking the doctrine of necessity which allowed for ex-president Goodluck Jonathan to become acting president in 2009. He is also known for being the first legislator to reject a national honours award.
4. Long track record
Among the many bills that were sponsored by Honourable Gbajabiamila are ‘Nigerian Communications Commission Act (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to help track the usage of communication terminals by terrorists; Central Bank of Nigeria (Amendment) Bill, 2012 to help strengthen the nation’s monetary policy; Building and Public Infrastructures Protection Bill, 2011 with the objective to enable maintenance of public buildings and infrastructure and many more.
5. Interested in reducing cost of governance
Accountability advocates will find a listening ear with Honourable Gbajabiamila on the question of reducing the cost of governance by reducing the salary of legislators. The House member, however, questioned the often made comparisons between the United States legislators and their Nigerian counterpart, saying that the demands on the latter's salaries do not measure with those of the former.
Femi Gbajabiamila is a Nigerian lawyer, a chieftain of the APC and the majority leader of the House of Representatives during the eight National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the senator representing Yobe North at the upper legislative chamber, Ahmed Lawan, emerged Senate president of the 9th National Assembly.
Lawan defeated his main challenger and senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, after the counting of the ballot by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
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