The clerk of the National Assembly (CNA) Architect Olatunde Ojo Amos has again canvassed for pragmatic financial independence for the legislative arm of government in compliance with the tenets of democracy and separation of powers.
Speaking in his welcome address at the opening of a two day workshop at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja on Friday he said there is every need for them to continue to push further and harder until that financial autonomy is achieved.
The clerk also canvassed stridently for the
establishment of the National Assembly Pensions Board (NAPB) that will address their peculiarities, just as they have succeeded in having the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC).
“With legislature as an independent arm of government, you will agree with me that ours is a distinct Public service from the conventional type in our
“We are proud to declare that the capacity development of staff has been a constant push on our dash board, believing that parliamentary democracy is meaningless without adequate training and re-training of relevant staff.
“We have demonstrated that the welfare of the legislative Aides in the
National Assembly is paramount, hence we promised and fulfilled the payment of the ‘first 28 days’ for the present crop of Legislative Aides.
“The pragmatic welfare of staff is being tackled with the ongoing synergy with relevant labor unions within the National Assembly.”
“We have already devised durable strategic plan of action in line with our
statutory powers, to benefit our current push and future regulators in
taking the parliamentary and bureaucratic affairs of the National
Assembly to greater heights.
“One of such plan of action is to drastically reduce the amount of papers moving about within the system.
He said the drastic reformation of the bureaucratic system of the National
Assembly is critical in their determination to make things work for the better.
“We have made frantic efforts to make the working environment for
legislative business to be comfortable and conducive; e-
parliament/digitalization and provision of ICT materials are already being given top most priority.”
Hence he said they will introduce e-hansard in the first quarter of 2021, to ease parliamentary briefing in the National Assembly.
“It is a process of verbatim reportage of the proceedings in plenary sessions using modern technology to the fullest.
“Another name for this
initiative is e-governance in action, which l know will be very convenient
for Legislators and watchers of the National Assembly in Nigeria and
“You will agree with me that e-hansard is a most veritable tool in our e-parliament agenda.”
Flowing from the above, the building of ‘Legislative Specialists to
effectively man the process of law making can never be overemphasized.
He said the absolute well-being and happiness of our staff is paramount as the need to make a success of the democratic project is not negotiable.
In a related development Olatunde also read the riot act to staff of the National Assembly over ethnicity and religious bigotry.
The Clerk spoke on while declaring open the 4th quarter training programme for staff of the national assembly.
He asked them to put their minds to work to improve the national assembly’s bureaucracy.
Ojo urged the national assembly staff to keep to their oath of office promising that they will enjoy trainings that would sharpen their capacities to make the national assembly better in its legislative mandate for the Nigerian state.
He said the training is job specific as those attending the session are procurement staff whose training is in procurement, tendering and Negotiation skill to improve their capacity to meet their schedules.
He said the management of the National Assembly in the 9th Assembly will vigorously pursue training as part of its programme to improve the national assembly workforce.
He said the leadership of the national assembly is passionate about training for the national assembly staff and said all staff of the legislative houses are candidate for training.
His words: “As a product of training and re-training, I believe earnestly on the need for staff to be exposed to different types of training on-the-job, believing that a well-trained individual can never be stagnated, ignorant nor redundant in life.
“The fact of the matter is that as Public servants under my watch as the Head Bureaucrat in the National Assembly, count yourselves as candidates for profuse training opportunities.
“As Public servants, you need to display absolute and undiluted loyalty and commitment to your schedules in the National Assembly, believing that it is the only panacea that will make all of us succeed individually and collectively.
“We must not forget our oath of allegiance as it is sufficiently being made clear in the Public Service rules; we must love ourjobs as we love ourselves; we must shun late coming, acts of indiscipline, non-challant attitudes to our duties. We must not allow ourselves to be pulled down or controlled by the negative doctrines of ethnicity, religious sentiments, unnecessary parochialism, backbiting and infighting.