The National Assembly Service Commission has appointed a new clerk for the National Assembly and other top management personnel after forcing the clerk and some management staff into retirement.
Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ahmed Amshi, named Ojo Amos Olatunde as the acting Clerk to the National Assembly in a two-page statement at the end of an emergency meeting of the commission
Ojo replaces Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the incumbent Clerk, who had earlier rejected the Commission’s directive to proceed on retirement.
Other appointments include Bala Yabani Mohammed to act as Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly and Dauda Ibrahim El-Ladan as Acting Clerk of the Senate. He replaced Nelson Ayewoh as Acting Clerk, Senate.
The commission said Patrick A. Giwa will continue to serve as Clerk, House of Representatives pending his retirement in November, 2020 while Yusuf Asir Danbatta was named the acting Secretary to the National Assembly Service Commission.
All appointments, according to Amshi, which are with immediate effect, are in line with section 6(b) the National Assembly Service Act 2014 (as Amended) which gave the Commission power to appoint persons to the office of the Clerk to the National Assembly and other offices.
Recall that Sani-Omolori had rejected his retirement alongside those of 151 others, including the Secretary of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), Olusanya Ajakaiye.
The commission said workers who had attained the retirement age of 35 years in service or is 60 years of age should leave saying such workers will get their retirement letters soon.
However, in his reaction, Sani-Omolori directed the affected workers to ignore the commission’s statement, saying it has no power to take such a decision.