The head of the National Assembly Service Commission, Ahmed Amchi, was asked to resign or face class action.
A civil society group, the Center for Legislative Advocacy and Action, CLAA, made the call in the wake of a succession crisis that has rocked NASC over the selection of a clerk for the National Assembly, CNA.
The Commission has been embroiled in a crisis over the need for Amos Olatunde Ojo to take pre-retirement leave or remain in office until February 2023.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, had ordered Olatundi to go ahead with leave but later retracted his directions and asked to remain in office.
In response to the development, the CLAA National Coordinator, Tanimo Ahmadu, blamed the confusion on Amchi, whom he accused of issuing a July 4, 2022 memo that caused the confusion.
Ahmadou lamented that Amchi was incompetent to continue in office because he failed to understand the relevant section of the rule.
He urged Lawan to save the commission from collapse by making sure that only professionals are appointed to lead the commission.
A statement from the group read: “The inability of the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Committee to correctly interpret the rules of the civil service is troubling, and therefore the complete confusion that has continued to linger over succession in the National Assembly bureaucracy.
This situation, if allowed to continue, will undermine the integrity and sanctity of the committee, hence our request that the chairman of the committee step down.
“We invite the clerk to take advantage of this period and arrange everything that needs to be done before February, while he must ensure that the smooth operations of the National Assembly bureaucracy run smoothly.”
NASS clerk crisis: NASC president Ahmed Amchi has asked to resign or face class action