NASS workers threatens protest over alleged plan to extend senior officers’ tenure

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), on Thursday, threatened to shut down the two legislative chambers of the National Assembly if the tenure of some senior officers who were already due for retirement is extended.

The National Assembly chapter of PASSAN informed that it was aware of pressure from influential quarters within and outside the National Assembly to get the National Assembly Service Commission to influence and extend the tenure of key senior officers who were almost due for retirement.

It stated that the move was not only a breach to the civil service rule but would be counter-productive to the National Assembly Bureaucracy.

However, the  chairman, PASAN, National Assembly chapter, Bature Musa made it known that the association could go to the extent of shutting the gate of the National Assembly, through protest, should such decision be taken.

But the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani Omolori, has assured that no matter the pressure, he would never support any measure that run contrary to the rules of the civil service in the performance of his duties.

While addressing the workers during a meeting, Omolori said although he was not aware of such pressure, nothing would make him bend the rules of the service.

It will be recalled that Omolori’s appointment as Clerk of the National Assembly was confirmed on Tuesday, having been appointed in acting capacity since April, 2016.