The clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani- Omolori, has bagged an award for exemplary performance for the matured way he averted a national embarrassment that would have prevented President Muhammadu Buhari from presenting the 2019 Budget proposal.
National Assembly workers had embarked on a four-day warning strike between 17th and 20th December to demand for payment of their benefits and improved condition of service at a time that coincided with the date the president was to present the 2019 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly.
The award will be conferred on the Clerk by a United Nations affiliated NGO, Global Association of Christian and Muslim Youth for Peace and Development, in recognition of the exemplary way Omolori managed the recent PASAN/NASS industrial rift that would have been a great setback to the nation’s democracy with the shut down of the National Assembly by parliamentary workers.
The international NGO, with the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar 111 (mni) and the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev (Dr) Samson Ayokunle, as its spiritual fathers also intends to recommend Sani-Omolori to President Buhari for a national honour in recognition of his patriotism and selfless service to humanity.
In a letter he signed, president of the NGO, Dr Yusuf Ibrahim, said, “We share the optimism that with the clerk in the saddle and with appropriate government support, democratic institutions like the national assembly can grow to produce legislative professionals that will support growth of democracy.”