CONTROVERSY trailing the appointment
of the incumbent Clerk of the House of
Representatives, Alhaji Sani Omolori, as
Acting Clerk to the National Assembly was
yesterday settled, following the reaffirmation
of his appointment by the outgoing Clerk to
the National Assembly, CNA, Alhaji Salisu
Omolori, who is expected to act as the clerk
from tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, 2016, has
been named by Maikasuwa as the one to act in
his absence.
With the development, Omolori seems to have
edged out the incumbent Deputy Clerk to the
National Assembly, DCNA, Mr. Ben Efeturi,
who is being supported for the exalted office by
the Senate President and chairman of National
Assembly, as well as the Executive Chairman of
National Assembly Service Commission, NASC,
Dr. Adamu Fika along with some commissioners
in the commission.
Fika had in a letter dated April 20, 2016,
appointed Omolori as Acting Clerk to the
National Assembly from May 14, 2016 to August
14, 2016, the period in which the outgoing Clerk,
Maikasuwa would observe his pre- retirement
But the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in
a counter letter signed by his Chief of Staff,
Senator Isa Galaudu and dated April 21st 2016,
kicked against Omolori’s appointment against
the incumbent Deputy Clerk, Efeturi.
Saraki in the letter, directed Fika to withdraw
Omolori’s appointment letter forthwith and
issue a fresh one for Efeturi on the grounds of
seniority, which was however not complied with
by Fika who, in another letter to Saraki dated
April 26th 2016, explained the circumstances that led to Omolori’s appointment as
against Efeturi.
Weeks of disagreement between
Saraki and NASC Executive Chairman,
over the appointment of Acting Clerk
to the National Assembly, preparatory
to Maikasuwa’s disengagement from
service, got the board of the Commission
polarized into two different factions of six
federal commissioners each, supporting
or antagonizing Omolori or Efeturi for the
position with attendant tension in the air.
But the circular issued yesterday by
the outgoing CNA, Salisu Maikasuwa
diffused the tension by specifically stating
that Omolori as earlier appointed by
Adamu Fika, would act in his absence.
Maikasuwa in the circular titled:
“Commencement of Terminal Leave” said:
‘ I am proceeding on my terminal leave
from 14th May, 2016 to 14th August 2016.
“During my absence, the Acting Clerk to
the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohamned
A Sani- Omolori will perform my duties,
He accordingly copied the Senate
President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki;
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Senate
President, Deputy Speaker, Senate Leader,
House Leader, the Executive Chairman of
NASC, the Deputy Clerk to the National
Assembly etc.
Omolori who holds a Bachelor of Law
degree from the Ahmadu Bello University,
ABU, in 1983 joined the services of the
National Assembly in July 1992 as a
Legislative Counsel, before rising to his
current position as Clerk of the House of
Representatives and latest appointment as
Acting Clerk to the National Assembly