CNA, others not behind service extension Bill – PASAN


National Assembly workers’ union under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), has endorsed a new bill which seeks to extend the service years of staff of the National Legislative body .

Endorsement of the bill by PASAN as clearly stated in documents in circulation, refuted earlier media reports that the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Sani Magaji Tambawal, and about 200 members of top management due for retirement this year are behind the bill.

The bill which has been passed by the House of Representatives and now before the Senate for concurrence, seeks extension of retirement age of staff of the National Assembly Service from 60 to 65 years of age and from 35 to 40 years in service which ever is earlier. 

The Civil Service Rules currently prescribes 35 years in Service or 60 years of age for employees to mandatorily retire.

Investigation revealed that staff of the National Assembly had during its Congress on December 4, 2023, issued a communique in which they adopted the Bill despite their earlier opposition.

It was titled: “Communique issued at the end of Congress organized by Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) National Assembly Chapter, held on Monday 4th December, 2023 In Senate Conference Room 231, New Building, National Assembly, Abuja.”

A copy of the communique sighted by Blueprint Correspendent was signed by Omagu Godwin (Chairman, Communique drafting committee), Gideon Nwaogu (Secretary), Sani Rabiat (Member) and Millicent Laz-Eke (Member).

Mr. Okpekor N. Okpa who was also a member of the communique drafting committee however did not sign the document.