Engagement of NASS staff by lawmakers as legislative aides will be prohibited – Amshi

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The Executive Chairman of National Assembly Service Commission, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, FNSE, has said that the engagement of National Assembly staff by lawmakers as legislative aides will be prohibited. He made this statement while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on how he intends to reposition the commission and other issues. Excerpts;

Q: May we know you sir?

Ans: I am Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi, FNSE, the Executive Chairman of National Assembly Commission.

Q: What are the mandates of the National Assembly Service Commission?

Ans: The mandates of the National Assembly Service Commission are derived from the Act establishing the Commission (NAS Act 2014 as amended) which provides for the administration of the National Assembly Service comprising:
Appointments, Promotion, transfers and confirmation of appointments in the National Assembly Service;
Dismissal and exercise of disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in offices in the National Assembly Service.
Appointment of persons to hold or act in the offices of:
i. Clerk to the National Assembly
ii. Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly
iii. Clerk of the Senate
iv. Clerk of the House of Representatives
v. Deputy Clerk of Senate
vi. Deputy of the House Representatives
vii. Secretaries to the Directorates, and
viii. Holders of other offices that shall be created by the commission on the recommendation of the Clerk of the National Assembly;
The Commission is also further empowered to formulate and implement guidelines for its functions.

Q: How do you intend to reposition the National Assembly Service Commission so as to enable it achievement its mandate?
Ans: We intend to build an excellent workforce which is competent and knowledgeable to provide support and expertise to the Legislators with a view to meeting the challenges of good legislation for democratic governance and sustainable development.
This is to be achieved through training and retraining and a structured capacity building of the staff of the National Assembly Service.
The commission will adopt the use of modern technology and management tools in its operations.
The commission will further hold regular consultations with its counterparts such as the Federal Civil Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission and other scheduled Service Commissions.

Q: What is the relationship between the commission and the National Assembly?
Ans: As mentioned earlier, the role of the National Assembly Service Commission is to provide an excellent and competent workforce to support the Legislators in their functions. In doing so, we hold regular consultations with the Leadership of the National Assembly whenever the appointment of key management personnel of the National Assembly are being considered.
The Commission is also subject to the oversight functions by the National Assembly.
Generally, the relationship between the commission and the national assembly is very cordial.
Q: How to you hope to live above board in the area of recruitment so as to avoid the pitfalls of your predecessors?
Ans: We will strive to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations contained in the public service rules.
We will ensure fairness, equity and spread in line with Federal Character Principles, and
We will ensure that all appointments are subject to availability of vacancies and budgetary provisions.

Q: There are suspicious that some National Assembly workers collect double salaries both from the lawmakers and the service. What is your reaction to this situation?

Ans: The Current Commission is working on Guidelines on the Appointment and management of Legislative Aides in which the engagement of any staff of the national assembly as a legislative aide will be strictly prohibited.

Q: What legacies would you want to leave behind at the end of your tenure?

Ans: I will leave the following as legacy by the time I leave the commission;
A satisfied and highly motivated staff of the National Assembly Service.
A well trained, efficient, disciplined, progressive and professional workforce.
A workforce that is vast in the use of modern technology in its operations.
To actualize the building of a befitting office complex for the commission.

Thanks for your time.

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