The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday directed the immediate withdrawal of the appointment of Sani Omolori as the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly.
Saraki directed the National Assembly Service Commission to consider Benedict Efeturi, who is the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, as the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly.
The National Assembly Service Commission had on Wednesday announced the appointment of Omolori as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly.
However, in a letter written to the Commission, signed by the Chief of Staff to Saraki, Isa Galadu, he announced the reversal of the appointment and the proposal for a fresh appointment.
He argued that the Commission should have first considered Ben Efeturi, who is currently the deputy clerk to the National Assembly, for the position to replace Salisu Maikasuwa, who is proceeding on pre-retirement leave this month.
The letter said,
21st April, 2016
National Assembly Service Commission
TOS Benson Street, Utako,
Withdrawal of Letter of Appointment of Acting Clerk of National Assembly
We present to you the compliments of the President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON. Please recall that during your last meeting with the Senate President on April 20, 2016, the procedure of the appointment of the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly was discussed.
The Commission was directed to follow due process and ensure that seniority is adhered to. Of course, Mr Benedict Efeturi who is Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly (DCNA) and who has previously acted as the Clerk of the National Assembly should be the first to be considered.
The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives were informed that Mr. Efeturi was not considered for the appointment because he was not duly appointed as Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly. On further enquiry, we found he was duly appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission vide Extract from Minutes of its 403rd Meeting held on Friday, 21st November, 2014.
From the foregoing, you have misled and misinformed the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Consequently, I am directed by His Excellency, the Senate President, to inform you that the letter appointing Mr Sani Omolori as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, be withdrawn immediately for further consultations.
Please accept the assurances of my warmest regards.
Sen. Isa Galaudu
Chief of Staff to the Senate President