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Omolori Must Be NASS Acting Clerk, Commission Replies Saraki

Posted: Apr 27, 2016 at 3:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Rotimi Akinwumi



President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has been told that his desire to have the appointment of Clerk to the House of Representatives, Sani Omolori, reversed as the Acting Clerk to the National Assembly was not possible.

The commission had last week announced Omolori as the Acting Clerk to the National Assembly to succeed the retiring Salisu Mai-Kasuwa, but the Senate President kicked against it on the premise that Omolori had a senior in the service who should occupy the position instead of Omolori.

According to the Senate president’s letter written on his behalf by his Chief of Staff, Isa Galaudu, he had insisted that the letter written to Omolori by the commission announcing his appointment must be withdrawn forthwith.

The Senate president noted that Mr. Benedict Efeturi, the current Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly, should instead be the one to be so appointed.

However, the National Assembly Service Commission in a reply to the Senate President memo, dated 26th April 2016, with reference number NASC/CHO/PS/II/II/28, stated emphatically that the demand by the Senate president was not in tandem with the true situation of things in relation to seniority in the service.

The commission in the letter signed by its Executive Chairman Dr. Adamu Fika, stated that the initial promotion given to Efeturi as Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly was undeserving considering the fact that he’s a subordinate to Omolori in ranking in the service.

The letter reads in part; “I wish to refer to your letter on the above subject matter issued on your behalf by your Chief of Staff, Senator Isa Galaudu instrucring the Executive Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission to withdraw the letter appointing Mr. Mohammed A. 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.

“In arriving at the Commission’s decision, the Chairman did not use his casting vote, because eleven Commissioners were in support with only one who voted no.

I wish to kindly invite your attention to the reason alleged in your letter to have been used to deny Mr. Benedict 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.”

The commission in a small illustrative table explained the carrier progression of both men.

According to the table, Efeturi became a Deputy Director on January 1st 2004 while Omolori was promoted a year earlier on January 1st, 2003. Omolori became a Director on 1st January 2007 while Efeturi was promoted a year later. However, both of them became Acting Clerk on same day, February 4th, 2010 and substantive clerks also same day, 25th March, 2010.

“It should be noted that in the Nigeria 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 the above analysis, denying Mr. Mohammed A. Sani-Omolori appointment as Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly in 2014 was improper, being that he was senior to Mr. Benedict Efeturi.

“With the above explanations, the issue of misleading and misinforming your good self and the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives 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 of Acting Clerk to the National Assembly.

“In light of all the foregoing, Your Excellency will agree that reversing the decision of the Commission appointing Mr. Mohammed A. Sani-Omolori as the Acting Clerk to the National Assembly cannot be tenable in the circumstances”, the letter reads further.