Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Forum of Overseers of Development Areas in Nasarawa State, have declared their support for Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi as the Speaker of the Seventh Assembly.

Chairman of the Forum and Overseer of Lafia East Development Area, Hon. Mohammed Haruna, declared the forum’s support when he led other members of the association on a solidarity visit to the Speaker in Lafia on Monday.

He explained that the visit was to identify and congratulate the Speaker on his victory as the Speaker of the Seventh Assembly in the State.

“We are here to identify and congratulate you on your victory as the Speaker of the Seventh Assembly.

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“We are happy to have you as our Speaker again considering your track records of achievements as the Speaker of the 5th and 6th Assembly in the State. We are solidly behind you and we are 100 per cent by your side, ” he said.

The Forum’s Chairman assured the Speaker of their loyalty and support at all times while praying for more of God’s wisdom, protection and blessings for the Speaker.

He commended Governor Abdullahi Sule for releasing funds for development projects at the development areas.

He, however, appealed to the Speaker for more funds to the development areas to enable them execute more people’s oriented projects.

On his part, the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, appreciated the forum for the visit and assured them of his support at all times.

“I am honoured by your visit. I appreciate you all for identifying and standing behind me. And I am indeed very grateful by this visit as this visit has further demonstrated our good work in the state,” he said.

The Speaker lauded Governor Sule for sustaining peace in the State and his developmental initiatives which had improved on the standard of living of the people of the State.

“His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Sule is a person that has passion, love and care for the State. Nasarawa State is among the few states in the federation that is peaceful because of His Excellency’s leadership qualities,” he added.

The Speaker said some politicians in the state were fighting the Governor for reasons best known to them, expressing confidence that God will continue to protect throughout his second tenure as Governor of the state.

“Our consolation is that majority of the people of the State are happy and are behind His Excellency because he believes in transparency and accountability.

“He is a leader that does not like corruption. We thank God for giving him to us as Governor for another term in the state,” he said

The Speaker urged the Overseers to follow the path of Governor Sule by ensuring transparency and accountability in projects execution while assuring the forum of his readiness to talk to the executive arm of government to release more funds for developmental projects at the development areas.