A human right activist, Victor Egwim, says the moves in some quarters to obstruct the implementation of the revised National Assembly (NASS) condition of service for workers is not in the interest of national development.
Egwim, in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos said such moves was anti-democratic, adding that the move would hinder progress.
He called on the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to intervene on the issue toward restoring normalcy at the assembly.
“The new regulation has been in operation since the eighth Assembly and currently being adopted at the State Houses of Assembly.
Egwim pointed out that the call for suspension of the reviewed conditions of service was also a calculated attempt at overturning the achievement, adding the current leadership should be commended for its innovation.
“During this period, when the report got to the Senate, they thought it wise to make it 40 years of service and 65 years retirement age.
“We all know that the legislature is the youngest arm of government, because it is just about 21 years old, as it took effect when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo became the President, while the Executive and the Judiciary have been in existence since 1960.
“They discovered that the retirement age of 35 years in service and 60 years old do not allow the officers to give back to the commission after they had been trained.
“Moreover, the union embraced it and agreed that it is better to extend service years instead of wasting money to hire them as consultants after retirement, so that they can render the services needed maximally before they can retire,” he said.
He said it was gazetted after it passed through the required due process, adding that the new regulation had been in operation since May 2019, and currently being domesticated at the State Houses of Assembly. (NAN)