Speaker of Taraba state House of Assembly, Prof. Joseph Albasu Kunini has resigned from his position citing personal reasons.
His resignation notice was contained in a letter transmitted to the lawmakers on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, and was read by the Deputy Speaker, Hammanadama Ibn-Abdullahi who stood as Speaker pro-tempo during the sitting.
The letter read in part: “I write to convey my resignation as the Speaker Taraba State House of Assembly. My resignation is on personal grounds. I wish to thank the Honorable members for their support and cooperation while I serve as the Speaker of this Honorable House.”
The Chief Whip of the Assembly, John Kizito Bonzena, who represents Zing State Constituency was unanimously elected by the lawmakers as the new speaker.
Kunini was elected as Speaker of the House on the 2nd of December 2019 following the resignation of the then Speaker Mr. Abel Diah and is reputed to have brought unprecedented stability to the House.
Kizito called on the members to join him and feel free to approach him at every time to give him useful advice that will help move the House forward.
He was first elected as a member representing Zing state constituency in 2007 and has maintained the seat since then, making him a four-time member of the House.