The House of Representatives has started the process of making Ghali Na’Abba, the former Speaker, eternal.
Na’Abba, a Kano-born politician, died on September 27, 2023, in Abuja at the age of 65.
This was considered after a motion brought to the floor of the House by a member of the New Nigeria People’s Party from Kano State, Aliyu Madaki, titled, “Need to immortalise former Speaker, Late Ghali Na’Abba by naming the National Assembly Service Commission building after him,”
The legislators pointed out that the late Na’Abba began his political career as a student at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he was chosen to serve on the ABU Chapter Executive Committee of the revolutionary People’s Redemption Party, which Mallam Aminu Kano founded during the Second Republic.
The House also said it was aware that at the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1999, “The late Na’Abba was elected as a member of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The House also noted that the late Na’Abba was praised as an influential Speaker of the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 “On account of his courageous, dynamic, outspoken pursuit of legislative independence and revolutionary approach to running the House as Speaker within the period.”
Madaki added, “Na’Abba, as Speaker, embarked on a number of measures to ensure the independence of the legislature, which included but were not limited to profound scrutiny of the budget framework, making robust adjustments where necessary; strengthen House Committees; fashioned out a cohesive, inclusive, mutual, thinking and participatory house; and regulate debate on the state of the nation.”
Cognizant of the need to immortalise him by naming the National Assembly Commission building after him in honour of his legacy, the House resolved to honour Na’Abba, by naming the National Assembly Service Commission Building after him.
It, however, referred the motion to the Senate for concurrence.