FROM: PAUL ORUDE, BAUCHI
Encomiums and praises were showered on Speaker House of Representalives Yakubu Dogara on Saturday in Bauchi at the reception held to celebrate his 50th birthday celebration.
The celebration was held at his hometown, Gwarangah in Bogoro local government area of Bauchi State.
The Speaker clocked 50 years on December 26th, 2017 and the celebration was started in Abuja with a book launch where over N300 million was realised through donations by various personalities.
The money realised was donated for charity work by the speaker.
Speaking, chairman of the occasion, Governor Simon Lalong represented by his deputy, Professor Sunny Tyoden congratulated the speaker on attaining the age of 50.
Tyoden said that what is more significant was the achievements he made within the years.
He reminded him that his ascent from a floor member to the Speaker was a special calling for him to serve his constituency, Bauchi State and the nation in general.
He therefore urged him to remain focus and diligent in discharging his duties alongside his other colleagues in the national assembly.
Speaking on behalf of members of the House of Representatives, Jagaba Adams Jagaba describes Dogara as a good leader who leads by example and sets a record that will be difficult to break.
He informed that, the speaker has brought tremendous development to the 8th assembly as it’s Speaker through his exemplary leadership acumen.
He added that Dogara has also help in bringing legislations which brought about the creation of agencies like the North East Development Commission which he said was mean to help in rebuilding and bringing succour to the people of the region.
Speaking, the state All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Uba Ahmed Nana represented by one of the state executive of the party, Barrister Lawan Mohammed said that the party is proud of the speaker as he has become leading light in the struggle to serve Nigeria.
On his part, governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar who was represented by his deputy, Engineer Nuhu Gidado said that the speaker is a worthy son and people of Bauchi State are proud of him.
He said that a great responsibility rests Dogara’s shoulders and prayed to God to help him in the discharge of his responsibilities.
In his remarks, the Speaker commended the people who organised the reception for him adding that he thank God for his mercies on the golden age he attained.
He also commended his constituents for electing him over time to represent them saying that his election signifies the unity and hope of his people.
He also assured Nigerians of continued effort by the House of Representatives under his leadership to support and initiate policies and laws that will better their lives.
Several members of the House of Representatives, State Assembly, traditonal rulers among several dignitaries graced thw occassion