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UPDATED: National Assembly commission sacks Clerk, 149 others

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via, or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Assembly Service Commission, NASC, has sacked the Clerk of the National Assembly, CNA, Mohammed Sani-Omolori and 149 others.

The NASC, in a letter on Wednesday, also advised any staff who has spent 35 years in service or has attained the age of 60 to leave the commission.

The NASC Executive Chairman, Ahmed Kadi-Amshi, in a statement on Wednesday, approved the retirement of the principal officers with immediate effect.

The statement reads: “The National Assembly Service Commission Approves the Retirement age for the staff of the National Assembly Service as 35 years of Service or 60 years of age whichever comes first reads:

“Pursuant to its mandate as provided in the National Assembly Service Commission Act 2014 (as amended), the National Assembly Service Commission at its 497th meeting held on Wednesday 15th July 2020 has approved the retirement age for the staff of the National Assembly Service at 35 years of Service or 60 Years of age whichever comes first.

”To this effect the Commission has approved the immediate retirement of staff of the National Assembly Service who have already attained the retirement age of 35 years of service or 60 years of age.

“Retirement letters would be issued to the affected staff accordingly.”

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Sani-Omolori supposed to have retired in February 2020, having joined public service in 1985 at Ajaokuta Steel Company as a legal officer.

He joined the National Assembly in February 1991 as a Principal Legal Officer on Grade Level 12, from the defunct National Electric Power Authority, NEPA.

His tenure was later extended in 2019 following a review of the condition of service by the Eighth Assembly which raised the retirement age from 60 to 65 and years of service from 35 to 40.

However, the review faced controversy as the commission described the amendment as unconstitutional since President Muhammadu Buhari had not assented the bill.

The commission, therefore, reverted to the old condition of service.

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