Bayelsa speaker to be sworn in as deputy governor

Speaker, Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Werinipre Seibarugu, is to be sworn in as the deputy governor, following the impeachment of Honourable Peremobowei Ebebi.

Nigerian media had earlier reported that the speaker was favour to clinch the position. This development was confirmed, on Tuesday, by a source that preferred anonymity.

A letter to this effect is expected to be forwarded to the Assembly on Thursday for ratification. The letter, according to a reliable source, would have been forwarded to the Assembly on Wednesday but it coincided with the governor’s 46th birthday.

This will put to rest the speculation over who becomes the number two citizen of the state, even though Chief Timipre Sylva was quoted, while addressing newsmen in Abuja last week, as shopping for the deputy governor.

Assembly members, on Tuesday, shortly after the adjournment of the sitting, entered into a closed door meeting. Our source stated that the meeting might not be unconnected with who took over from Honourable Seibarugu as the speaker.

Topping the list of the speculated names were Honourable Imomotimi Fanama and the incumbent deputy speaker, Honourable Nestor Binabo.

Meanwhile, Governor Sylva of Bayelsa State is lobbying the legislative arm of the government for the approval of N15.4 billion loan as a bailout fund for the ailing agricultural sector of the economy.

This was contained in a letter forwarded to the House, entitled: “Loan Guarantee for Agricultural Companies/Programme.”

The state N50 billion bond was approved last week at the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, (NSE).

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