Nigeria’s National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), has rejected a directive given by embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki reversing the appointment of Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori, as the new acting Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA .
Saraki sought to replace Sani-Omolori with Mr. Benedict Efeturi in a written directive asking the commission to withdraw the letter of appointment already issued to Sani-Omolori, and write a fresh one for Efeturi immediately. He said in his letter that Maikasuwa is expected to be succeed by his deputy, Mr. Benedict Efeturi, in an acting capacity until August when he is expected to proceed on his own terminal leave.
In his response, the NASC Executive Chairman, Mr. Adamu Fika, rejected the directive saying and explained to Saraki that it would be improper to do so given that Sani–Omolori was senior to Efeturi, who should to not be appointed in acting capacity since he would retire soon.
The NASC, last Wednesday, appointed Sani-Omolori as acting clerk of the House of Representatives, replacing outgoing clerk, Salisu Maikasuwa, who is billed to go on terminal leave on May 14 this year.
Adamu Fika wrote:
“I wish to refer to your letter on the above subject matter issued on your behalf by your Chief of Staff, Senator Isa Galaudu. The letter was instructing 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 May 14 to August 14, 2016.
“The above decision was taken at the commission’s 440th meeting held on April 20, 2016.
“The commission took into account the fact that Efeturi will himself proceed on his pre-retirement leave on August 20, 2016, 12 days before the incumbent clerk will be due to hand over to his successor.
“This means that 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.”
Fika said he did not even use his voting right in arriving at the commission’s decision, because 11 commissioners were in support of the decision.
“It should be noted that in Nigeria public service, seniority is determined at the time of consideration for promotion and career progression chart leading to it.
“Seniority is never decided by the date of appointment to the service nor date of retirement.”