The immediate past Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori says the House of Representatives is in support of the condition of service passed by the Eighth Assembly for workers at the federal legislature.
The embattled Clerk who was replaced Friday night said the previous administration at the National Assembly amended the years of service to either 40 years in service or 65 years of age. The condition according to him, was previously 35 years in service or 60 years of age.
Sani-Omolori in the response to the July 16 query from the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) also said that several meetings held by the current leadership of the National Assembly on the issue ended without a decision.
The immediate past Clerk was queried by the NASC, accusing him of insubordination and asked him to to respond within 24 hours reasons for issuing a press statement in which he restated the amendments of the conditions of service by the previous administration of the National Assembly.
Sani-Omolori who replied in a July 16th letter that was received by the commission on July 17 stated that the NASC had earlier written a letter to the leadership of current assembly, canvassing a reversal of the resolution of the 8th Assembly on the amended condition of service.
He, therefore, noted that ” the leadership of the House of Representatives rejected the request to reverse the resolution and you were informed of this decision vide letter No. NASS/HR/LEG/14/3/30 dated 4 June, 2020″.
The former Clerk also stated that ” Management is also aware that the meeting of the joint leadership of the National Assembly had been conveyed on more than one occasion to deliberate on your request”.
“Management is further aware that no decision had been taken at the joint leadership meeting so far on the issue”.
He explained further that while involving the current leadership of the issue conforms with the spirit and intent of the NASC Act 2014, he, however, said it is premature to communicate the contrary at this time.
The former Clerk said the above prompted his press statements of July 15 that sought to clary the issue, adding that the act was therefore not insubordination but a patriotic duty to save the National Assembly.
The response from Clerk was received same day the Commission announced the appointment of an acting clerk of the National Assembly to end the controversies on the tenure of the outgone clerk, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
The new acting clerk is Olatunde Ojo, an architect who hails from Ilobu, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
The commission also announced other positions including the deputy-clerk to the national assembly, clerk of the senate, clerk of the house of representatives, deputy clerk of the senate, deputy clerk of the house of representatives, secretaries to directorates, among others.
In a statement issued on Friday and signed by its chairman, Ahmed Amshi, the commission said the decision was taken at an emergency meeting held on Friday, July 17.
The statement reads in part; “The National Assembly Service Commission at an emergency meeting held today, Friday, July 17, 2020, has approved the appointments of some senior management staff for the service.”
According to the statement, Mohammed Bala is the new acting deputy clerk to the national assembly while El-Laden Dauda is the acting clerk to the senate.
The commission said Patrick Giwa is to remain clerk, house of representatives “pending his retirement in November, 2020,” while Yusuf Dambata is the new acting secretary to the NASC.
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