Mark Useni Appointed New Taraba Assembly Speaker

Taraba MapA new speaker has emerged in the Taraba State House of Assembly after the former Speaker, Mr Josiah Sabo Kente resigned.

Kente, whose resignation letter was read on the floor of the House on Monday, cited “personal grounds” for his resignation

However, the House has nominated and sworn in the member representing Takum II constituency, Hon. Mark Useni, as the new Speaker, while all other principal officers of the House will maintain their positions.

Last week, the Supreme Court has ordered that the Taraba State acting governor be removed and the deputy governor, Abubakar Danladi to be sworn-in.

Danladi was impeached by the Taraba State House of Assembly in September 2012 for gross misconduct and engaging in private businesses.

After his impeachment, he approached the court to challenge the ruling of the Appeal Court which upheld the ruling of the Federal High Court in Taraba that he was duly and constitutionally impeached.

In a unanimous judgment, the Supreme Court held that the impeachment panel set up by the House of Assembly to investigate the allegations against Danladi violated his rights to fair hearing.

Warring Ethnic Groups In Taraba Sign Peace Pact

fulani-herdsmenA peace agreement has been signed by warring factions in Taraba state, north east region of Nigeria following dialogue among the affected communities with a pledge to establish peace and friendly relationship.

The truce was brokered by the Presidential Peace Committee led by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Michael Zonkumor, between the Junkun, Hausa, Tiv, and Fulani in the southern zone of the state with assurance to cease hostilities and coexist peacefully.

There had been series of communal clashes particularly in Ibi, Wukari and Takum Local Government Areas of the state while the Tiv/Fulani crisis that spilled over from Benue State affected four other local government councils resulting in loss of lives, property and displacement of several families.

As part of measures to curtail escalation of the crisis, the acting governor, Mr Garba Umar, summoned a security council meeting between traditional rulers, security chiefs and local government chairmen after which more security personnel were deployed to the affected areas while some relief materials were given to the displaced persons.


Taraba Assembly Endorses Josiah Kente As New Speaker

Taraba State House of Assembly has unanimously endorsed Hon. Josiah Sabo Kente representing Wukari I constituency as its new speaker.

Until his endorsement on Monday, Hon Josiah Sabo Kente was the Deputy Majority Leader of the house.

The recent development followed the passing away of former speaker late Hon. Haruna Sokwa representing Takum I constituency who died eight days ago after a brief illness.

The new speaker in his acceptance speech called on people of the state within and in the diaspora to team up with the state in its development drive.

He also called on the law makers to extend similar cooperation accorded to his predecessor while in office to him too.

The speaker, who prayed for speedy recovery of the state Governor Danbaba Suntai, also prayed Almighty God to grant his predecessor eternal rest.

Hon Josiah Sabo Kente was born in 1970 and currently a PHD student of Mass Communication in Benue State university Makurdi.

Before joining politics, the speaker was a television journalist with the Taraba Television (TTV) and was elected to represent Wukari I constituency in 2007 elections.

This is his second term in the Taraba State House of Assembly.