▪︎Management’s Tenders Board meeting stalled
Fresh facts have emerged to suggest that some permanent secretaries in the bureaucratic wing of the National Assembly have yet to collect their official vehicles because of their disagreement with the Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Architect Amos Ojo, on the specifications of the automobiles.
The Conclave learnt from sources close to the development that the affected permanent secretaries actually rejected the vehicles purportedly procured for them on the grounds that they did not align with the decision of management.
The decision of management was that permanent secretaries were entitled to a 2020 Toyota Camry/Prado Jeep.
There are thirteen permanent secretaries in the service of the National Assembly bureaucracy.
A source said that the permanent secretaries quietly rebuffed the CNA and the suppliers of the vehicles when they discovered that the vehicles to be distributed to them were 2018 models.
The permanent secretaries, having noticed a foul play, were said to have insisted on being supplied vehicles with the right specifications.
▪︎Discovery of a foul play by the CNA and the supplier.
It was gathered that the CNA in connivance with the supplier allegedly shortchanged some secretaries by supplying them with 2018 model of the Toyota Camry/Prado, which the CNA had in his fleet previously before his appointment as CNA.
He was Permanent Secretary, Estate and Works before his appointment as acting CNA and his subsequent confirmation as substantive CNA just two months into his acting capacity.
The discovery of the foul play, as learnt, provoked anger and distrust from the permanent secretaries who purportedly frowned at the dubious attitude, a development that informed their refusal to be supplied the vehicle except it is as specified and approved.
It was also learnt that those who were allegedly shortchanged also happen not to be in the good books of the CNA.
▪︎Tenders Board meeting suffers setback
Meanwhile, an emergency meeting of the NASS management’s Tenders Board called by the CNA on Monday was stalled.
Members of the Board comprise the CNA, the thirteen permanent secretaries and some directors whose schedules are key to the mandates of the Board.
The meeting was stalled due to pressure of the planned shut down of administrative and legislative businesses by the workers’ union pressing for payment of outstanding minimum wage arrears and other entitlements put at N13 billion.
The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, had, at its Congress on Monday rejected the proposals by management to pay a part of the entitlements, whereas the union insisted on full payment.
The union had given management between Monday and 12 noon today (Tuesday) to meet with the workers’ demands or face an indefinite shutdown of administrative and legislative businesses.