Kogi speaker acts as governor in Bello’s absence

An official letter from the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, handing over leadership of the state in the interim to the speaker of its House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, has been presented by the latter.

The speaker presented the letter to lawmakers during plenary at the Assembly in Lokoja, the state capital, on Wednesday, December 5.

We gathered that Kolawole disclosed that the governor had asked him to take over the leadership of the state pending his return from Poland.

Bello, in the letter, explained that he would be accompanying President Muhammadu Buhari to Poland for the 24th United Nations Conference on Climatic Change.

The speaker also read a letter from the deputy governor of the state, Simon Achuba, requesting for approval for annual leave from November 26 to January 26, 2019.

Kolawole, however, sought to transmit the leadership of the Assembly to his deputy who was unavoidably absent from the day’s plenary; as he stated that he could not act as governor and preside over the activities of the House simultaneously.

Recall that we previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was scheduled to depart Abuja on Saturday, December 1, for Katowice, Poland, to attend the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) between December 2 and 4.

Also going along with the president were Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Yahaya Bello and Abubakar Sani Bello of Enugu, Kogi and Niger states, respectively.

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