Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Nass commission dares Senate president Bukola Saraki

Nass commission dares Senate
president Bukola Saraki

– National Assembly Service Commission
has insisted that Mr Mohammed Sani-
Omolori is as acting clerk to the National
Assembly
– Senate President Bukola Saraki had
rejected the appointment of Sani-Omolori
– The National Assembly Service
Commission through its chairman, Dr Adamu
Fika said Mr Saraki was ill-informed
Mohammed Sani-Omolori’s
appointment has raised several
controversy in the National
assembly
In what could be described as a show of
power, the National Assembly Service
Commission (NASC) has dismissed the order
of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to
reverse the appointment of



Mr Mohammed
Sani-Omolori as acting clerk to the National
Assembly.
The commission through its chairman, Dr
Adamu Fika said Mr Saraki was ill-informed.
NASC had appointed Mohammed Sani-
Omolori as acting clerk to the National
Assembly ahead of the incumbent deputy
clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Ben
Efeturi, a move Mr Saraki expressly rejected
through a letter to the commission.
Responding to Saraki’s letter, Fika, in a leter
dated April 26, said Omolori happened to be
the next most senior clerk adding that the
commission discovered that the incumbent
deputy clerk to the National Assembly, Mr
Ben Efeturi, would proceed on pre-retirement
leave on August 2, 12 days before the
outgoing clerk, Salisu Maikasuwa, would be
due to retire.
Fika’s letter to the Senate president read in
part: “I wish to kindly invite your attention to
the reason alleged in your letter to have been
used to deny Mr Bene Efeturi from being
appointed as the acting clerk, being that he
was not duly appointed as deputy clerk of the
National Assembly.




“It is necessary to place on record the career
progression of the two officers in the hierarchy
of the National Assembly as follows:
“Deputy Director: Mr Efeturi 1st January 2004,
Mr Sani-Omolori 1st January 2003; Director,
Mr Efeturi 1st January 2008; Sani-Omolori, 1st
January 2007.
“Acting Clerk, Mr Efeturi, 4th February 2010;
Sani-Omolori, 4th February 2010; substantive
clerk, Mr Efeturi, 25th March, 2010; Mr Sani-
Omolori, 25th March 2010.
“It should be noted that in the Nigerian public
service, seniority is determined at the time of
consideration for promotion and career
progression chart leading to it.
“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.
“ From that above analysis, denying Mr
Mohammed Sani-Omolori appointment as
deputy clerk to the National Assembly in 2014
was improper, being that he was senior to Mr
Benedict Efeturi.”


But a Tribune newspaper source in the
Assembly said that the rules were very clear
on who should take over from the outgoing
clerk, insisting that it would be a violation of
the international norms which would not be
applicable to the NASS.
The source warned that the appointment of
Mr Sani-Omolori was capable of injecting
bad blood into the bureaucracy, as it was
contrary to civil service rules which
recognise order of seniority in the
appointment and which favours Mr Efeturi
ahead of Omolori to succeed the outgoing
clerk.
Recall that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
has accused that Mohammed Sani-Omolori,
Clerk of House of Representatives gave a
bribe of N500million to be promoted Clerk of
the National Assembly.