The National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) on Wednesday announced the issuance of retirement letters to the Clerk of the National Assembly (CAN), Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the Secretary to the Commission and 148 other staff due for retirement.
With the retirement letters, the NASC may have finally resolved to abide by the Civil Service rules guiding employment, discipline and retirement from service of all employees of the National Assembly (NASS).
The Commission declared that any staff who has spent 35 years in service or is 60 years and above should quit in accordance with the rules and conditions guiding the service.
According to the NASC, all the affected staff would be formally served their retirement letters while their retirement benefits are to be computed for payment soon.
The development has finally laid to rest controversy surrounding the tenure elongation for Clerk of the National Assembly, some directors and other affected staff who hinged their continuous stay in office on a Resolution passed by the 8th session of the House of Representatives which has been countered by the fact that it is not an Act of the National Assembly
The Eighth Assembly had proposed that the retirement age in the Commission should be raised from 60 to 65 while years of service moves from 35 to 40.
However, the review ran into stormy weather with the Commission describing the proposed amendment as unconstitutional since there was no force of law coming from President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the bill.
Though the Commission has fully reverted to the old condition of service, issues are being raised now about the salaries and allowances drawn by the retired Clerk and others affected by the development during the period they extended their stay in office.