The newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday, appointed the immediate past Speaker of Zamfara State Assembly, Sanusi Rikiji as his Chief of Staff.
Mr Gbajabiamila made the appointment during his inaugural speech shortly after been sworn-in in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Abuja.
According to him, the decision stemmed from his belief that Mr Rikiji would deploy his wealth of legislative experience into the office of the speaker of the house.
Mr Gbajabiamila said: “Hon Sanusi comes with a wealth of legislative experience and I believe his inclusion in this Assembly will add immense value.”
Meanwhile, the new speaker had vowed to reposition the House for the greater good all the lawmakers of the 9th Assembly.
According to him, the reform would, however, be dished out piecemeal and at intervals so as not to shock the system.
He said: “The 9th Assembly under my leadership is going to be a House of reforms or if you like a reform Assembly. The reforms will be dished out piecemeal and at intervals so as not to shock the system.
“Moving forward, therefore, my dear colleagues, it will not be business as usual and we will be shaking the table just a little. We will be introducing various reforms that will reposition this institution but please rest assured that they will be for the greater good.
“On our shoulders lie the responsibility of working together as a House to safeguard the future of our great country.
“The House must be reformed before the country can be reformed. We simply cannot and must not fail,” he added.