Senate Extends National Assembly Staff Service to 65 Years

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja

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The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill seeking to extend the service years for employees of National Assembly by additional five years.

The bill, previously passed by the House of Representatives, was approved for concurrence by the Senate during Thursday’s plenary session, following its initial rejection for concurrence by the Senate on February 22nd.

The bill, titled “A Bill for an Act to make provision for retirement age of staff of National Assembly Service and For Other related Matters” was re-presented for concurrence by Leader of Senate, Opeyemi Bamidele (APC-Ekiti State).

Extensive inputs

Senator Bamidele in his presentation said corrections had been made on the bill with proper and more extensive inputs in the various clauses.

He said special regards has also been given to the global best practices, including the definition of who a legislative officer is as obtainable in advanced democracies such as the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

These countries have adopted the same standard, we want to adopt as to the need to establish and strengthen institutional memories by ensuring a certain retirement age threshold for legislative officers.”

Senator Bamidele said he had done a lead debate on the bill earlier, hence urged the Senate to pass the bill for concurrence.

Lateefah Ibrahim