Leadership of the National Assembly Service Commission is now divided over who should succeed the outgoing Clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa.
Already, six members of the commission have disowned their chairman, Adamu Fika, and opted to pitch tent with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is favourably disposed to the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, Ben Efeturu, taking over as substantive Clerk of the National Assembly.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that Saraki had written a letter entitled “Withdrawal of letter of appointment of Acting Clerk of the National Assembly” dated April 22, 2016, rejecting the appointment of Mohammed Sani-Omolori, also a Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly as the acting clerk of NASS.
The letter addressed to the Executive Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission, Dr. Adamu M. Fika, was signed by Senator Isa Galaudu, Chief of Staff to the Senate President, and had accused Fika of allegedly violating due process in the appointment of Alhaji Sani-Omolori, as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly.
However, the commission remained adamant and responded that was eminently qualified to assume the position and that no due was breached.
But yesterday, six commissioners in a letter written to the chairman, Alhaji Fika, said they have decided to side the Senate President because he (Fika) had unilaterally appointed Sani-Omolori the Acting Clerk without recourse to the civil service rules which gives premium to promotion on seniority.
They said the chairman’s unilateral action was at variance with the decision they had taken in a meeting, thereby robbing them of their integrity as well as brought them to disrepute.
The six commissioners, representing the six regional zones of the country, said they have dissociated themselves from any letter written by the chairman appointing Sani-Omolori the acting Clerk and the response to the Senate President’s objection did not reflect the general thinking of members of the commission.
While acknowledging the chairman’s position and powers, they insisted that he is the sole administrator and therefore could not unilaterally take for the commission.
Substantive Clerk of the NASS, Maikesuwa has proceeded on terminal leave paving way for the most senior of the deputies to assume the role in acting capacity.


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