The clerk to the National Assembly, Amos Ojo, has advocated payment of life salaries as retirement benefits for clerks to state assemblies as being enjoyed by permanent secretaries in the executive arm of government.
Ojo said this could only be achieved through an amendment to the Pension Act.
He stated this at a meeting of the Forum of Clerks of Nigerian Legislatures (FOCON) in Abuja.
“The pension act does not make provision for ‘terminal benefits’ for clerks of Nigerian legislatures as it is being enjoyed by permanent secretaries and head of service in the executive arm of government.
“Who says there is no absolute need for us to make a case of urgent amendment to the pension act to accommodate FOCON members?
“It is a fact that some states in the federation have put in place a policy of paying their ‘retired clerks’ full salary for life as it is being enjoyed by some permanent secretaries in the executive arm of government. Therefore, we must be reminded on the need for us to use this gathering to urge states that have not started this policy to do so without delay,” the clerk said.
Ojo urged the participants who are clerks to the 36 houses of assembly to see themselves as critical engines that must constantly oil the huge machine of legislative business in Nigeria.