OrderPaperToday – The appointment of a new Clerk to the National Assembly has run into controversy as an earlier appointment of Mr. Sani Omolori by the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) has been reversed by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

In a letter addressed to the Chairman of NASC and signed by his chief of staff, Saraki said the principle of seniority should have been followed in appointing the new Clerk.

The letter titled ‘Withdrawal of Letter of Appointment of Acting Clerk of National Assembly,’ said Mr. benedict Efeturi, Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly should have ordinarily succeeded his retiring boss, Mr. Maikasuwa.

Part of the letter read: “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.

“Most importantly, you have been directed to confer with the Senate President the outcome of the Commission’s meeting before letter of appointment is issued and regrettably that did not happen.

“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.

“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Senate President, to inform you that the letter appointing Mr Sani Omolori as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly be withdrawn immediately for further consultations.”

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