*Staff over 35 years in service or 60 years should leave- NASC
*Decision contrary to Revised Condition of Service- Omolori
*Directs 149 affected staff to disregard NASC, do their duties
Controversy has continued to trail tenure elongation for the Clerk of the National Assembly, NASS, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori and 149 others declaration of the National Assembly Service Commission, NASC that they have been sacked.
Sani-Omolori was asked to proceed on retirement alongside the 149 others, including Secretary of NASC, Mr. Olusanya Ajakaiye in a letter by the Commission on yesterday.
The commission declared that any staff member who has spent 35 years in service or is 60 years old should leave and would receive their retirement letters soon.
The development finally resolves the tenure elongation agitation for the CNA and the affected staff members which has lingered since the 9th National Assembly was proclaimed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Executive chairman of NASC, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi in a press statement said “pursuant to its mandate as provided in the National Assembly Service Act 2014 (as amended) the National Assembly Service Commission at its 497th meeting held on Wednesday 15th July 2020 has approved the retirement age of the staff of the National Assembly Service as 35 years of service or 60 years of age whichever comes first.
“To this effect, the Commission has approved the immediate retirement of staff of the National Assembly Service who have already attained the retirement age of 35 years of service or 60 years of age.
“Retirement letters would be issued to the affected staff accordingly,” he added.
However, in a swift reaction to the development, the embattled Omolori rejected his retirement, saying that it runs contrary to the Revised Conditions of Service for NASS staff members.
Responding to a statement that he and 149 others have been retired by the commission, Omolori said “the attention of the National Assembly Management has been drawn to a Press Release dated 15th July, 2020 signed by the chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, informing the general public that the commission has approved the retirement age of staff of the National Assembly as 35 years of service or 60 years of age whichever comes first.
“The Management of the National Assembly wishes to inform all staff and the general public that the extant regulation as contained in our Revised Conditions of Service duly passed by both chambers of the 8th National Assembly puts the retirement age of staff at 40 years of service and 65 years of age whichever comes first.
“The Resolution of the 8th National Assembly on the Conditions of Service of Staff has not been rescinded nor abdicated by the National Assembly, who under the authentic National Assembly Service Act 2014 as passed is empowered to review any proposed amendment to the Conditions of Service by the commission.
“Therefore, the National Assembly Service Commission does not have the powers to set aside the Revised Conditions of Service as passed by the 8th National Assembly.
“The management had maintained a studied silence in deference to the leadership of the 9th National Assembly who is looking into the position being canvassed by the Commission. It is therefore intriguing that the National Assembly Service Commission has unilaterally gone ahead to take a ‘decision,’ he stated.
Omolori therefore urged all staff members to disregard the press release by the Commission and go about their lawful duties.