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Senate, Reps pass extension of service bill for NASS workers

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The Senate has passed a bill for extension of service for employees of the National Assembly from 60 to 65 years.

Although it was earlier declined last week, the bill was passed at the House of Representatives and concurrently by the Senate at plenary on Thursday.

The proposed legislation, 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 Senate Leader, Bamidele Opeyemi, (APC, Ekiti).

Opeyemi, who led the debate, said corrections had been made on the bill with proper and more extensive inputs in the various clauses.

He said special regards had also been paid to global best practices, including the definition of whom a legislative officer is in civilised and more advanced democracies, especially the United States and the United Kingdom.

“These countries had adopted the standard we want to adopt, in terms of need to establish and strengthen institutional memories by ensuring a certain retirement age threshold for legislative officials,” he said.

Opeyemi said he had done a lead debate and, hence, urged the Senate to pass the bill for concurrence.

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