10th NASS: LARMFON drums support for Tajudeen Abbas as House of Rep.Speaker
By: Femi Mustapha
Ahead of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, a group under the auspices of Leadership and Role Model Foundation of Nigeria (LARMFON) has thrown its weight behind the aspiration of Hon. Tajudeen Abbas for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Executive Secretary of (LARMFON) Hon Ahmed Tijjani Mustapha made this known in a statement made available to newsmen on 6th June 2023 saying that the decision to back Hon. Abbas was due to his track records and Legislative achievements.
It will be recalled that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), through its National Working Committee (NWC), had endorsed Abbas for the position of Speaker and Hon. Benjamin Kalu for the Deputy Speaker.
However, since the announcement of the party’s decision, some aggrieved members-elect of the Lower Chamber has kicked against it, saying the party did not consult widely before taking the position.
LARMFON while throwing support, appealed to the aggrieved lawmakers to accept the decision for the overall good of the nation.
It noted that since Hon. Abbas was elected into the Lower Chamber, he had always worked towards unifying the members and sponsored several Bills in line with the development of the country.
According to the Forum Abbas’ aims include ensuring that the Nigerian masses were better provided with a basic and quality education while the country’s resources were judiciously utilized to provide essential services for the growth and development of the nation.
They added , the Kaduna- born Federal lawmaker has accorded priority to Education, Public Accounts, Appropriation, Finance, Commerce, Federal Character, and Water Resources since his sojourn in the Green Chamber, pointing out that Abbas, while representing Zaria Federal Constituency, had received several Awards and Honours and also served in several committees in various capacities.
He listed the committees to include: Chairman, Land Transport Committee until May 2023, Committee Member, Commerce Committee (Reps) until May 2015, Committee Member, Finance Committee (Reps) until May 2015, Committee Member of Special Duties Committee (Reps) until May 2015 and Committee Member of Defence Committee (Reps) until May 2015.
Others are Vice-Chairman at Legislative Compliance Committee (Reps) until May 2015, Committee Member at Public Procurement Committee (Reps) until May 2015, and Committee Member at National Planning and Economic Development Committee (Reps) until May 2015.
“We plead with Nigeria’s to remain calm and be careful of all instigation to cause chaos and instability in the country. We should believe in a united Nigeria and know that the removal of oil subsidy is to drive investment and growth that will enable the government give quality education, healthcare, stable power supply, agriculture and also to reduce unemployment and extreme poverty.”
“We also urge President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to ensure that the gains made from the increase in oil prices are channeled into good use.”
“We call on the National Assembly and most especially members of the House of Representatives to support the emergence of Hon.Tajjuddeen Abbas as the next Speaker to the House of Representatives.”
“Hon Abbas as Speaker would usher in a new sense of responsibility and will ensure that the Nigerian Youths and its people are fully represented and Nigerians will have the opportunity of having a Leader with the basic knowledge of Nigeria’s problems because he has the zeal and capacity to pilot the affairs of the House of Representatives.”
“He is a person with sound education and the resources to provide the essential services that can lead to a better Nigerian society,
“LARMFON therefore, presents to Nigerians, Hon Tajudeen Abbas, an agent for transformational leadership emblematizing our quest for a Renewed Hope!