By Okunade Adekunle
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have approved the creation of five Deputy Clerk positions, as they passed into law the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (Amendment) 2020.
The bill which is an amendment to the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission Law of 2015 was unanimously passed into law by all members present at the plenary session of the assembly on Monday, September 14, after the third reading.
Section 22 of the amended law creates five Deputy Clerk positions which are; Deputy Clerk (Legislative Matters), Deputy Clerk (Legislative Drafting and Legal Services), Deputy Clerk (Publication), Deputy Clerk (Administration and Human Resources) and Deputy Clerk (Finance and Accounts).
The law also gives legal backing and operational modules to the new financial autonomy granted State Legislatures and Judiciary in Section 121(3) of the 4th Alteration of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which Mr President issued Executive Order upon on May 22, 2020, for its immediate implementation.
The amended law which is now waiting for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s assent consists of 12 amendments and seven new sections. Among the new amendments is Section 4 which deals with the tenure of the Chairman and members of the commission.
According to the amended Section 4: “The Chairman and members of the Commission shall hold office for a term of five years and may be eligible for re-appointment for a further term of five (5) years only.”
Section 21 deals with the tenure of the Clerk of the House.
Section 21 states inter alia: “The Clerk shall hold office for a period of four years and may be eligible for re-appointment for a further term of four years only.”
Among the newly created sections of the law are Sections 24 and 29 which deals with funds of the commission and payment of salaries, pensions, other remuneration and allowances payable to members, and staff of the House of Assembly respectively. The two items are now domiciled in the budget of the House of Assembly.