NASS: Group Kicks Over Tambuwal’s Appointment As Clerk, Calls For Reversal
A group, Concerned Nigerians For Good Conscience has protested the appointment of Alhaji Sani Magaji Tambuwal as Clerk of the National Assembly.
Tambuwal’s appointment followed the retirement of Mr Amos Ojo the clerk of National Assembly and Mr. Yabani the and the Deputy Clerk of National Assembly.
The group which is calling for immediate reversal of the appointment described is as travesty of justice and contrary to the letters of NASS service laws.
In a statement made available to journalists in Awka on Sunday, the Concerned Nigerians For Good Conscience said the rule and tradition was that the highest ranking staff of NASS would succeed the Clerk upon retirement and wondered why Tambuwal who was seventh down the rung would be appointed.
According to the group, we note with consternation the appointment of Alhaji Sani Magaji Tambuwal, secretary of the directorate of Finance and accounts .aa the new Clerk of the National Assembly,
“This appointment looks like a completion of an unsavory nepotistic cycle the National Assembly Services Commission under the headship of Alhaji Ahmed Amshi, unfortunately, this is coming at a time when Nigeria is direly in need of national cohesion and meritocracy.
“Staff of NASS and well meaning Nigerians are aghast at this travesty of civil service rules, the age long tradition in the National Assembly has been that the office of Clerk of the National Assembly has always been occupied by the most senior legislative staff of the National Assembly,” it stated.
The group said that with the retirement of two most senior staff of the National Assembly, the next in line of succession was Barr. Chinedu Akubueze.
They called on the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission to immediately reverse the injustice and allow the rules of the service to guide succession process.
According to them, in a bizarre twist the National Assembly service commission headed by Alhaji Ahmed Amshi went down to number seventh in the line of succession and appointed Alhaji Tambuwal ahead of his superiors.
“This is a travesty of statute and tradition and with this appointment, the National Assembly is now in firm grip of nepotistic triumvirate of Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, Senate President, Alhaji Ahmed Amshi, Chairman of National Assembly Service Commission, Alhaji Sani Tambuwal, Clerk of National Assembly,” it stated.