History of Borno State House of Assembly

First and Second Legislative Assemblies

The Borno State House of Assembly was first inaugurated in October, 1979 with late Hon. Ibrahim Damagum of Fune East Constituency as Speaker with seventy {70} other Hon. Members for four {4} years October, 1979 to October, 1983 {1st Assembly}. During this period, Great Nigeria People’s Party {GNPP} controlled the House as Majority Party while the National Party of Nigeria {NPN}, People’s Redemption Party {PRP} and Unity Party of Nigeria {UPN} as minority parties.

At the end of the 1st Assembly, another set of Legislators were ushered-in in October, 1983 for the 2nd Assembly with NPN as Majority party. The House then elected late Hon. Bukar Mele Masu from Masu Constituency of Konduga Local Government Area as Speaker and late Hon. Bulama Jagamu Amshi from Bade Central Constituency as Deputy Speaker respectively. Due to military intervention in the nation’s polity in December, 1983, the House did not live to the legislative period of four years, hence it demised prematurely.

Legislative Department

As part of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s Transition to Civil Rule Programme in 1989, Legislative Department was curved out of the then Military Governor’s Office to enable put things in place for the successful take off of the Third Assembly. Alhaji Baba Geidam Mai was appointed as Clerk Designate with core legislative staff and successfully inaugurated the 3rd Assembly on 2nd January 1992.

Third Assembly

The two Party-Systems which practiced during the aborted Third Assembly were Social Democratic Party {SDP} and National Republican Convention {NRC}. Out of the forty-two {42} constituencies of the state, SDP controlled the House as Majority Party producing three different Speakers at different occasions which included Hon. Tijjani Bakomi {Yerwa Constituency}; Hon. Bukar Kachallah {Old Maiduguri Constituency} and Hon. Modu Aishami {Mobbar East Constituency} respectively until 17th November, 1993 when there was another military intervention in the Nigerian polity which abruptly derailed the Transition.

General Sani Abatcha Transition Programme

In 1997, there was another state Assembly election which could not see to its inauguration due to the death of late General Sani Abacha who lined up that transition. Those elected were on the platforms of United Nigeria Congress Party {UNCP} and Grassroot Democratic Movement {GDM}. For the first time, the election produced three {3} female members from Maiduguri Metropolitan, Gwoza and Nganzai Constituencies

Fourth Assembly

After the demised of General Sani Abatcha, Major General Abdulsalami Abubakar lined up a nine {9} months Transition Programmes, new political parties were registered and successfully ushered in the Fourth Republic on 29th May, 1999 with president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as president on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party {PDP}..

On 6th June, 1999, 28 Honourable Members were inaugurated for the 4th Assembly {6th June 1999 – 2nd June 2003}. The then Hon. Members were elected on the platforms of the All People’s Party {APP} and People’s Democratic Party {PDP} with APP controlling the House. During the inauguration, Hon. Bulama Fugu Ibrahim {APP} from Abadam and Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo {APP} from Shani Constituencies were elected as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.

On 14th August, 2002, Hon. Bulama Fugu Ibrahim was impeached and Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo, then Deputy Speaker was elevated to Speaker and Hon. Ibrahim Lawan Umar {APP} from Mobbar Constituency was elected as Deputy Speaker until 2nd June, 2003 when the tenure of the 4th Assembly came to an end.

Fifth Assembly

The 5th Assembly {June 2003 – June 2007} was also inaugurated on 6th June, 2003. Twenty Eight {28} Hon. Members subscribed to Oath of Office and Allegiance after electing Hon. Abba Ali Mangal {ANPP} Monguno Constituency and Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo {ANPP} Shani constituency as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively. After six {6} months of their inauguration as Presiding Officers of the House, Hon. Abba Ali Mangal and Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo resigned their appointments on 21st October, 2003.

Late Hon. Asheikh Hurso Bashir {ANPP}, Marte Constituency was unanimously endorsed and elected as Speaker and Hon. Bello Ayuba {ANPP} from Bayo Constituency as Deputy Speaker of the House. Not comfortable with the challenges of the office, Late Hon. Asheikh Hurso Bashir resigned voluntarily as Speaker on 29th October, 2003. Hon. Sheikh’s resignation ushered in Hon. Goni Ali Modu {ANPP}, Abadam Constituency as the Speaker from 29th October, 2003 to 2nd June, 2007 when the 5th Assembly was formerly closed.

Sixth Assembly

Wednesday, 6th June, 2007 saw the inauguration of the 6th Assembly and again re-elected Hon. Goni Ali Modu as Speaker for the whole legislative seasons of the 6th Assembly. The 6th Assembly {June 2007 – May, 2011} has no opposition political party. All Hon Members were elected on the platform of All Nigeria People’s Party {ANPP} in a landslide victory.

Seventh Assembly

The 7th Assembly was also inaugurated on 6th June, 2011 and re-elected for the third time Hon. Goni Ali Modu as Speaker. He was the Speaker of the Hon. House until his impeachment on 9th February, 2012. Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan {APC}, Guzamala State Constituency was then elected as Speaker of the House till 2nd June, 2015 when the Assembly was formerly closed.

Eight Assembly

The 8th Assembly was inaugurated on Monday, 8th June, 2015 after receiving Proclamation from the Executive Governor of Borno State, Hon. Kashim Shettima and Writ from the Independent National Electoral Commission {INEC}.

As usual, the inauguration saw the election of Principal Officers of the House. Rt. Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan was unanimously elected as Speaker of the House Speaker for the second time. Other Principal Officers elected during the inauguration included Hon. Inusa Danlami Kubo {Shani} as Deputy Speaker; Hon. Mohammed Alhaji Zakariya Gajibo {Dikwa} as Leader; Hon. Baba Ali Modu {Mafa} as Whip; Hon. Ayuba Stephen Wakawa {Hawul} as Deputy Leader and Hon. Audu Mustapha {Magumeri} as Deputy whip respectively.

On 5th January, 2017, Hon. Mohammed Zakariya and Hon. Ayuba Stephen Wakawa resigned their appointments as Leader and deputy leader respectively. Consequently, Hon. Dige Mohammed {Kala Balge} and Hon. Zanna Aimu Foni {Chibok} were elected as Leader and deputy leader. The 8th Assembly was also formerly closed after four {4} consecutives legislative sessions on 8th June, 2019.

9th Assembly

The 9th Assembly, which is termed as “People Oriented Parliament” was inaugurated on Monday, 13th June, 2019, again electing Rt Hon. Abdulkarim Lawan {Guzamala} as Speaker and Hon. {Engr} Abdullahi Musa Askira as Deputy Speaker respectively. All other Principal Officers retained their positions as follows:-

  1. Hon. Dige Mohammed Kala Balge Leader
  2. Hon. Baba Ali Modu Mafa Whip
  3. Hon. Aimu Foni Chibok Deputy Leader
  4. Hon. Audu Mustapha Magumeri Deputy Whip

House Committees

To achieve these legislative goals, the Hon. House is divided into Standing and Special Committees. The Committees serves as branches of the Hon. House, overseeing the activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies {MDAs}. The House Committee is headed by a Chairman, two members and Secretaries.

Administration

Administratively, the Hon. House is headed by the Clerk of the House, a position equivalent to Permanent Secretary in the State Civil Service. The Clerk is assisted by the Deputy Clerk of the House {Ministerial Secretary’s equivalent} with 7 other coordinating Directorates. The Directorates includes Administration and Supplies; Legislative Processing; Legal Service; Finance and Accounts; Planning, Library and Computer Statistics; Information and Publication and Legislative Budget and Research Office.

Borno State House of Assembly Service Commission

A statutory body known as the Borno State House of Assembly Service Commission was established pursuant to Assembly Service Commission Law, 2005 {also amendment in 2011}. The Commission is headed by a Chairman with three {3} Permanent Commissioners, two ex-officio and a Secretary.

The Commission is responsible for the recruitment, training, discipline of the staff of the Borno State House of Assembly and Local Government Legislative Staff which is the case in all states of the Federation including the National Assembly, Abuja.

Hon. {Engr} Abdullahi Musa Askira, Hon. Umar Kaigama {Yarema}, late Hon. Ali Darni Abba Saleh and Alh Musa A. Gwoma were the pioneer Chairman and members of the Commission appointed for four {4} years on 12th September, 2011. Hon. Abdullahi Musa Askira voluntarily relinquished his position on 9th December, 2014 while tenures of other Members of the Commission expired on 12th September, 2015.

At the exit of the pioneer Chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Audu Mirnga was appointed as Chairman of the Commission on 24th December, 2014 while Hon. Umar Kaigama {Yarema}, late Hon. Ali Darni Abba Saleh and Hon. Ibrahim Sani were appointed as members for another four years. Hon. Ali Darni Abba Saleh died while in Service on 27th February, 2017. The Commission has four {4} Directorates of Administration and Supplies; Finance and Accounts; Planning, Research and Statistics; Appointment, Promotion, Discipline and Complaints.

The Assembly Complex

The present Borno State House of Assembly complex was inherited from the Native Authority and is the only legislative complex since the first republic. While sourcing a suitable location for the construction of new Assembly Complex by the Professor Baba Gana Umara Zulum’s administration, the complex has received a befitting renovations to provide conducive working environment for the legislature. The deliberative chamber has been remodeled with state of the art furniture and equipment

It is expected that with the crop of committed parliamentarians, the 9th Assembly will leave no stone unturned in rebuilding Borno State through people oriented legislation.

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