How Lawan-led Leadership Is Violating NASS Service Commission’s Rules On Retirement


In what appeared a fragrant disregard of established civil service rules and guidelines, the Management of the National Assembly under the chairmanship of the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has completely jettison extant laws established by the National Assembly Service Commission.

One of such violations is the deliberate attempt not to comply with laid down rules guiding the civil service particularly with regards keeping to the laws guiding the procedure through which a public servant should exit service.

Specifically, going by Civil Service Commission established rules, a staff is expected to proceed on a three months mandatory pre-retirement leave after which he/she shall formally vacates office having served for 35 years or attained the mandatory 60 years of age, whichever comes first.

However, this is not the same with the current leadership of the 9th National Assembly under Senator Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

The gross violation of this guideline is brewing internal crisis within the National Assembly Service management as the top hierarchy have grossly defied the provision to suit primordial interest.

A case in point is that of the Clerk of the National Assembly, Arc Olatunde Amos Ojo, whose retirement is due in November 2022 but currently on an international official assignment to Canada.

Curiously, Ojo merely handed over to the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly (DCNA), Mr. Bala Yebani, who is equally expected to have proceeded on his terminal leave on August 17 ,2022 in keeping with laid down rules.

Besides the DCNA, other members of the top Management team expected to proceed on terminal leave this year include; Mr Michael Opara (June), the Secretary of the Human Resources and Staff Development, Mr Abiodun Suraj (October), the Secretary of the Research and Information, Hajiya Rhamatu Ahmed (November), the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr. Olatunde Amos Ojo (November) and the Deputy Clerk (Legislative), House of Representatives, Alhaji Fatai Jimoh.

Forefront News gathered that all entreaties to get the management of the legislature to ensure compliance with the Civil Service Commission established rules have failed to yield the required results.

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