The National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) has issued a query to the embattled Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani Omolori, for his failure to proceed on retirement. The query is dated today, July 16 and was signed by the chairman of the commission, Ahmed Amshi.
The commission had yesterday, July 15, directed that those who had attained the age of 60 or 35 years in service, including Omolori, who had put in 35 years in service, should proceed on compulsory retirement.
But Omolori had insisted that the retirement age for the National Assembly remains 40 years of service or 65 years of age.
He said that the resolution of the National Assembly which increased the age and years of service has not been amended and that the commission has no powers to intervene in the controversy.
The tenure of the clerk has generated controversy because of the implementation of the National Assembly Revised Condition of Service which took effect in 2019.
Based on the controversially amended conditions, the clerk and no fewer than 160 officers, who were to have retired from office, were expected to remain in office for about five more years, after the retirement age was raised from 60 to 65 years and years of service from 35 to 40.
Ahmed Amshi-led commission, however, ignored the amendment by the two chambers of the National Assembly in 2018 and asked all those affected to proceed on compulsory retirement.