The pioneer speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Alhaji Shehu Usman is dead.
The news of Usman’s death was broken yesterday by the state House of Assembly during plenary.
Usman, who hailed from Lafiagi in Edu local government area of the state, was the speaker of the House from 1979 to 1983.
Shuaib Abdulkadir (PDP Patigi) informed the House of Usman’s death during a plenary session under matters of urgent public importance.
The lawmaker said that Usman died on Monday evening during a brief illness.
He said that the former speaker had been buried in his hometown.
Deputy speaker, Mathew Okedare who presided over yesterday’s plenary, described Usman’s death as a huge loss to the state.
He said that the Assembly would dedicate a day for a valedictory session for the departed former speaker.
The legislature observed a minute silence in honour of the deceased.