Queen Elizabeth Appoints Nigerian-born, Oyet As House of Common Serjeant
A Nigerian born Ugbana Oyet after serving as parliament’s principal electrical engineer for a number of years was on Tuesday, October 15, appointed by Queen Elizabeth as Serjeant at Arms in the House of commons.
Reports have it that Oyet is believed to take over from Kamal El-Hajji who retired in July after three and a half years in the post. The Herald gathered that Speaker John Bercow made Oyet’s appointment known during Tuesday’s sitting in the commons.
The Herald gathered that the Serjeant’s role is to ensure the safety of MPs in the House of Commons, as well as being carrier of the mace during the Speaker’s procession. He will lead a team of 70 staff, covering the Serjeant’s Office, the access team, the doorkeepers and business resilience.
Speaker Bercow said: “I have known Ugbana for several years and have always been impressed by his ability, his attitude and his approach to other people. My longstanding impression of him was confirmed when he won a diversity and inclusion award for being an ‘an inspiring role model.”
On his part, Oyet said: “It is a great honour to serve in such a historic role, which combines the needs and challenges of the modern era, while also maintaining the dignity and essential traditions that have helped Parliament endure.
“I’m a real people person and love working closely with MPs, staff and members of the public, so I will do my best to enhance morale and improve the excellent service already provided by the Serjeant’s office.
“I was actually shaking with excitement but civil servants don’t get excited, they should be calm and collected,” Oyet said laughing. I will do my best to enhance morale and improve the excellent service already provided by the serjeant’s office”
“It is an exciting role…To have the honour and the privilege to be able to serve and support in this really modern environment with internet, with Twitter, with extension rebellion but also with the dignity and the traditions that come with this place.”
Mr Oyet who was born in Nigeria moved to the UK with his family in 1991. He will take up his duties as Serjeant at Arms next week.
Oyet told The Voice newspaper that when he was informed that he had been appointed to take up the role, he was “shaking with excitement”.