A forty-three (43) year old born Nigerian, Ugbana Oyet has been appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as the UK House of Common Serjeant at Arms.
The appointment was announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow on Tuesday.
According to the announcement shared on the website of the House of Commons, Oyet is a chartered engineer and he was appointed following the retirement of Mohammed Kamal El-Hajji in July.
With this appointment, Oyet has become the new ceremonial head of security and the only person legally allowed carrying a sword in the House of Commons.
It was reported that Oyet was already well known to many members of the House through his role as Parliament’s Principal Electrical Engineer and Programme Director for the Estate-wide Engineering Infrastructure and Resilience (EWEIR) Programme; which aims to make the parliamentary estate carbon neutral by 2050.
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’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.”
It was gathered that Oyet was born in Nigeria, but relocated to the UK with his family in 1991.
He is married to Claire, they are blessed has four children, three sons, and a daughter.