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Battle for NASS top job heightens as Arab gives retirement notice

By Emma Aziken

Abuja – AFTER months of bitter  proxy warfare in the top echelon of the National Assembly bureaucracy, the clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Nasir Arab, has given notice of his retirement from the public service.

The notice, circulated in the form of the constitution of a handover committee last Thursday, has finally opened the way for the emergence of a successor to the number one bureaucratic position in the National Assembly.

The clerk of the National Assembly is the equivalent to the head of the service of the federation. His notice of retirement from the public service circulated in the form of a memo to some senior aides indicated that Arab would be retiring from the service on January 12, 2010.

He, however, did not indicate when he would be going on pre-retirement leave as obtainable in the federal civil service where senior civil servants embark on a three month pre-retirement leave prior to the effective date of retirement from office.

Arab’s departure from office has been shadowed with allegations of forgery of his transfer of service records from the Kaduna State public service and bitter proxy fight by prospective successors. In his memo of October 7, and obtained by Sunday Vanguard, Arab announced a six-man committee to prepare the grounds for his handing over.

His  imminent exit would bring the battle for his succession to the fore as the serving deputy clerk of the National Assembly (DCNA), Yomi Ogunyomi, is also due for retirement in June 2010.

Besides Ogunyomi, five senior officials of the National Assembly are believed to be in line for promotion to the post of CNA or the vacant positions below.

Among them are some senior officials of the legislature from the administrative arm who some including the leadership of both houses of the National Assembly are contending do not have the technical expertise to act as CNA.


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