Group kicks over Tambuwal’s appointment as clerk, calls for reversal – Veloxnews


By Zika BobbyA group, Concerned Nigerians For Good Conscience, has protested the appointment of Sani Magaji Tambuwal as the National Assembly clerk.Tambuwal’s appointment followed the retirement of Amos Ojo the clerk of National Assembly and Mr. Bala Yabani the and the Deputy Clerk of National Assembly.The group, which is calling for immediate reversal of the appointment, described it as a travesty of justice and contrary to the letters of National Assembly service laws.In a statement by Simon Bako and Roland Oyegun, its national coordinator, and secretary respectively, the group said the rule was that the highest ranking staff of the National Assembly would succeed the clerk upon retirement and wondered why Tambuwal, who was seventh down the rung, would be appointed.The group said: “We note with consternation the appointment of Tambuwal, secretary of the Directorate of Finance and Accounts as the new Clerk of the National Assembly,“This appointment looks like a completion of an unsavoury nepotistic cycle in the National Assembly Services Commission, under the headship of Ahmed Amshi. Unfortunately, this is coming at a time when Nigeria is direly in need of national cohesion and meritocracy.“National Assembly staff 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 has always been occupied by the most senior legislative staff of the Assembly.”The group said with the retirement of two most senior staff of the National Assembly, the next in line of succession was Chinedu Akubueze.They called on the Chairman of 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 Ahmed Amshi went down to number seventh in the line of succession and appointed 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 Ahmed Lawan, Senate president, Amshi, chairman of National Assembly Service Commission, Tambuwal, clerk of National Assembly,” it said.

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