Posted by CHRIS OGHENE-ELEGBETE | 4 June 2020 | 337 times
BY CHRIS OGHENE-ELEGBETE
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday night denied any knowledge of, and so disassociated himself from a letter purportedly authorising an extension of year of service for the incumbent Clerk for the National Assembly (CNA), Abubakar Sani Omolori and some staff.
In a statement issued at about 11pm, signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Lanre Lasisi, a copy of which was sent to GRANDNEWS, The Speaker washed his hands off the purported letter, saying:
“The attention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been drawn to a letter purportedly emanating from his office allegedly stating his endorsement of the new condition of service for National Assembly staff passed by the eighth Assembly
“The Speaker wishes to inform the general public that there was no time he directed issuance of such purported letter from his office as there is a recognised and authorised channel for all correspondences and resolutions reached by the House or its leadership.
“The Speaker also wishes to call on the general public to disregard the letter and always rely on official communication channels of the House for news on the position of the House on any matter,”the statement read.
The said letter dated 3rd June, 2020 with Ref. No: NASS/SPK/ADM/VOL.1/520 and titled: ‘Re-forwarding of memomoradum on the review of conditions of service for the National Assembly Service’, was addressed to the Chairman National Assembly Service Commission. It was also acknowledged the same day which was yesterday,Wednesday. It was signed by the Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Sanusi Garba Rikiji.
The content reads:
“I am directed by the entire leadership of the House of Representatives to acknowledge the receipt of your letter on the above dated 1st of June 2020 vide NASC/CHO/PS/II/II/94 and have deliberated on it.
“I am further directed to inform you that the entire leadership of the House of Representatives cannot rescind the 8th Assembly resolution on the retirement age of the National Assembly staff.
“Therefore, the House of Representatives maintained the position of the 8th Assembly as contained in the Conditions of Service jointly passed by that Assembly.”
The revised condition of service of the NASS in the main seeks to extend the of service of key staff from 35-40 years and also from 65 to 70 years for retirement. The proposal has generated a lot of controversy particularly with regards to the current Clerk, Sani Omolori.
While some argue that it was needed, others want the status quo maintained.
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