How Shagari stopped lawmakers from hijacking NASS bureaucracy – CNA

Clerk to Nigeria’s National Assembly (NASS), Arc. Ojo Olatunde Amos, on Thursday, revealed that late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, former president, stopped lawmakers from hijacking bureaucracy when they attempted to make themselves members of National Assembly Service Commission.

He spoke at an event when he hosted a delegation of the Committee on Administration and Human Resources of Ghana Parliamentary Service Board in Abuja.

The CNA said when the idea of National Assembly Service Commission was mooted during the Second Republic, serving lawmakers wanted to be members of the commission.

Going down memory lane, he explained that the then Senate Leader, late Senator Olusola Saraki, made the proposal to President Shagari, which he, however, turned down.

Shagari told the National Assembly members in the upper and lower legislative chambers to choose between making laws and being civil servants.

Ojo explained: “Between 1979 and 1985, politicians tended to act in the military fashion rather than exhibiting democratic traits.

“For instance, in 1981 when the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria initiated a bill for an Act to establish the National Assembly Service Commission, the then Senate leader, Sen. Olusola Saraki was said to have proposed that membership of the commission be composed of senators and members of the House of Representatives serving at the time.

“When the proposal got to President Shagari, he asked the members of the National Assembly to choose between being legislators and members of the National Assembly Service Commission .

The Clerk who went down Parliamentary bureaucracy in Nigeria was treated like an appendage of the Executive arm of government.

Earlier in his address, the leader of the Ghanaian parliament delegation listed areas of lessons they want to learn such as financial autonomy of the legislature from the executive, how resolutions made by the Parliament on Public Accounts are implemented, difficulties in relationship between executive and legislature.