- The crisis rocking the National Assembly Legislative Forum (NASSLAF) is over
- Honourable Sam Melaye has been inaugurated as NASSLAF chairman
- The forum had been enmeshed in crisis since March 2016 after two factions emerged
The crisis rocking the National Assembly Legislative Forum finally came to an end on Wednesday, January 31, following the inauguration of Samuel Melaye as chairman of the forum.
The controversial elections, which held in March 2016, produced Honourable Samuel Melaye, who was the former chairman and John Udeh, as chairmen of two factional groups.
Speaking shortly after his inauguration, Melaye told journalists “that the forum would be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission to enhance its engagement with the management of the National Assembly regarding members' welfare and conditions of service."
He also urged bona-fide members of NASSLAF and the general public to ignore the fictitious story meant to cause friction amongst members and portray NASSLAF in bad light.
Melaye, while pledging to protect the interest of the association, said he remains committed towards “uniting all members and protecting the collective interest of the National Assembly Legislative Aides, as diligent service to our bosses can only be achieved when the members work in unity.”
Speaking on the issue, the clerk of the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Omolori, said the issues which led to the existence of the two factions have been resolved.
According to him,“why the issue has not been resolved before now was due to the fact that security agencies and a team of legal experts were deployed to look into the issues that led to the division."
He acknowledged that “the outcome of inquiry revealed that there was a valid election,” adding that same “will be upheld by the management of the National Assembly.”
Sani-Omolori while stating that the National Assembly management will henceforth deal with the Sam Melaye-led executive, advised leaders of the association to work together in the interest of all legislative aides.
Meanwhile, the Public Senate, a group aiming to educate the Nigerian youth on advocacy and parliament, has emphasised on the need for young people to understand the true workings of the legislative arm of government.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, January 31, the representatives of group, after conducting young people around the Nigerian Senate complex, said the perception of the youth on parliament needs to change.
According to them, what the young people experienced would inspire them to work towards holding public offices.
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