By Abdullahi Alhassan, Kaduna
A pressure group, Unified Nigeria Youth Forum (UNYF) has described the appointment of Professor. Jake Dan-Azumi as Chief of Staff to Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Honourable. Abbas Tajudeen as a plus to the burgeoning relationship between the legislature and the executive arms of government.
“His appointment is of importance to our constituency nation wide (Youth Demography) considering his long outstanding history of loyalty, accountability, sincerely, knowledgeability and fairness to all In-respective of colour, region and religion. We can therefore say, his appointment remain historic since we all see him as a “symbol of democracy”
The group in a congratulatory message signed by its President, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem explained that Dan-Azumi’s wealth of experience in the legislative arena cum his patriotic zeal will further add impetus to the already existing harmonious relationship which it noted will be beneficial for policy formulation, lawmaking and effective oversight function.
Recall that the Speaker on Monday in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Musa Abdullahi Krishi, announced the appointment of Professor. Jake Dan-Azumi as his Chief of Staff.
“This appointment has clearly shown that the leadership of the House of Representatives is committed to the development of this nation. We are confident that Prof. Dan-Azumi as a patriot with requisite qualifications and experience will propel administration of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
“We urge all stakeholders to support Prof. Dan-Azumi to deliver on his responsibilities for the good of the legislature and Nigeria at large”, the statement added.
Until his appointment, Prof. Dan-Azumi was the Technical Assistant to the Director General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), National Assembly.
Jake Dan-Azumi is a professor of Political Science and Development Studies. He has extensive experience in development work focusing on democratic governance and public policy, parliamentary institutional strengthening, research, peace and security, human rights, conflict and peacebuilding and gender.
He previously worked as a Special Assistant to the President of the Senate, Senator. (Dr.) David Mark, GCON, between 2011 and 2014.
Professor Dan-Azumi, who has over 14 years cumulative experience in the National Assembly system, is an expert in the design and delivery of parliamentary and democratic support programmes.