Mohammed Sani Omolori has emerged as the substantive Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA).
Sani-Omolori, who until the latest appointment was the acting CNA following the expiration of the former CNA Maikasuwa, was the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the most senior Officer in the service of the National Assembly.
The confirmation of Sani-Omolori was a vindication of the position of the governing board of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) that stood its ground when the Senate President, Bukola Saraki kicked against the appointment in May 2016.
Saraki’s position was that the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, Benedict Efeturi, whose retirement from service was less than six month then ought to be appointed as acting CNA rather than Sani-Omolori.
The matter got to a head when some members of the board disowned the decision of the 440th meeting of the Commission where Sani-Omolori was appointed as the acting CNA.
However, the Commission resisted the interference of the Senate President and stood its ground in appointing Sani-Omolori as the acting CNA.
Wednesday, in a letter confirming Sani-Omolori as the substansive CNA and signed by the Executive Chairman of the commission, Dr. Adamu Mohammed Fika, the appointment was in recognition of Sani-Omolori’s hard work, dedication to duty and responsible conduct as well as loyalty to the Leadership of the National Assembly.
It reads in part: “I have the pleasure to inform you that the National Assembly Service Commission has at it 443rd Meeting approved the confirmation of your appointment as Clerk to the National Assembly.
“This appointment takes effect from 15th August, 2016“.
The Chairman also urged the new CNA to continue to demonstrate positive attributes to justify the confidence reposed in him by the Commission and the Leadership of the National Assembly.
The presiding officers of the Senate and the House of Representatives were formally informed of the appointment for record purposes.