Queen Elizabeth ii has appointed a Nigerian-born Ugbana Oyet, 43, as the United Kingdom House of Common Sergeant at Arms.
The appointment was announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow on the 15th of October, 2019. According to the announcement that was shared on the website of the House, Oyet is a Chartered Engineer and was appointed following the retirement of Mohammed El- hajji, in July, with this appointment, Oyet has become the new Ceremonial head of security and the only Person that is legally authorized to carry sword in the House of Commons. It was reported that Ugbana was already known to many of the Members of the House of through his role as Parliament’s Principle Electrical Engineer and programme Director for the Estate-wide Engineering infrastruction and resilience(EWEIR) programme-which aims to make the parliamentary Estate Carbon neutral by 2050.
With his new appointment, Oyet would become even more visible as the carrier of the House of Commons mace during the Speaker’s procession and into the House of Lords during the State opening of parliament. Reacting to his appointment, Oyet said,” It is a great honor 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 am 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 Sergeant’s Office.”