Commission rejects Saraki’s reversal of acting clerk to N’ Assembly
Pro, anti-Senate president’s protests hold in Abuja
The National Assembly Service Commission has rejected the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s reversal of the Acting Clerk to the National Assembly, saying the action cannot be tenable.
In a letter to the Senate President, the Executive Chairman of the commission, Dr. Adamu Fika, said denying Mohammed Sani-Omolori appointment as Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly in 2014 was improper being that he was senior to Mr. Benedict Efeturi. Fika stressed that “the issue of misleading and misinforming your good self and the Honourable Speaker of the House does not arise as the commission properly evaluated the two officers and took into account their service records as a determining factor for the appointment.”
The chairman explained that in the Nigeria Public Service, seniority is determined at the time of consideration for promotion. “Seniority has never and is never decided by the date of appointment to the service nor date of retirement from service or indeed the number of years spent in the service.”
The letter reads in part: “I refer to your letter on the above subject matter issued on your behalf by your Chief of Staff, Senator Isa Galaudu instructing the Executive Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission to withdraw the letter appointing Sani—Omolori as the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly for the period that the incumbent Clerk to the National Assembly will be on pre-retirement leave from the 14th May to 14th August 2016.
“The above decision was taken at the Commission’s 440th meeting held on the 20th day of April 2016. The commission took into account the fact that Mr. Benedict Efeturi will himself proceed on his pre-retirement leave on 2nd August 2016, twelve days before the incumbent Clerk will be due to hand over to his successor.
“This means that Mr. Efeturi is time barred for the Acting Appointment. ‘ Hence the choice of Mr. Sani-Omolori to act and ensure continuity in that very important Public Service office where he will serve for the next five years.”
Also yesterday, the National Assembly played host to unusual visitors leading to a lock-up of the busiest gate of the legislative arm of government.
One of the two protesting groups known as Citizens United for Peace and Stability sought the urgent resignation of the President of the Senate, Saraki, while the other group called Nigeria United For Progressive Change protested against what they called the continuous witch-hunting of Saraki.
Led by one Sadiq Jidda, the anti-Saraki protesters insisted that the Senate president should vacate his seat over the series of corruption allegation levelled against him both locally and Internationally.
They condemned the purchase of exotic jeeps for the senators at exorbitant prices and asked them to return the vehicles.
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