From Alex Agbo in Abuja
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has appointed Hon. Jerry Manwe as his Chief of Staff.
A letter of appointment with reference No. NASS/SPK/MGT/VOL.I/002 dated 15th June, 2015, addressed to the Clerk of the National Assembly and signed by the Speaker, conveyed Mr. Manwe’s appointment as his Chief of Staff.
Mr. Manwe, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for years, made a surprise defection to the Social Democratic Party in January.
He blamed his decision on the alleged manipulation of the last primaries of the PDP in his home state of Taraba.
Born on June 26, 1958 in Karim Lamido, Taraba State, Mr. Manwe was first elected as member of the House of Representatives in 1991, and later in 2007 and 2011.
He is the immediate-past chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters and had chaired House Committees on Finance and Economic Planning, Interior and Communications before.
The new chief of staff was also a Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development in Taraba State between 1999-2001, member Christian Pilgrims Board 2001-2003, Chairman, National Commission for Colleges of Education, 2005-2007.
He holds a Certificate in Accounting, Higher National Diploma in Business Management and Bachelor of Technology (in view).
He attended Lau Primary School between 1966-1973, Government Secondary School Jalingo- 1974-1979, Federal Polytechnic Mubi, 1984-1986 and Federal University of Technology Yola.