…Disregard Misleading Information on Staff Posting or Transfer
In response to recent misinformation, the Rivers State House of Assembly Service Commission emphasizes the correct procedures outlined in the Rivers State House of Assembly Service Commission Law 1999 and its Amendment Law No. 10 of 2012 regarding the appointment and removal of the Clerk and Deputy Clerk.
According to Section 6(1)a, the Clerk of the Assembly is appointed by the Speaker from the Legislative/Clerk at Table cadre. The appointment is based on seniority, merit, competence, and experience, subject to confirmation by the Rivers State House of Assembly. Section 7(1) stipulates that the Deputy Clerk is appointed by the Speaker and must be the most senior officer from the Legislative Officer/Clerk cadre.
Section 6(4) outlines the removal process for the Clerk, stating that removal occurs upon a petition to the State House of Assembly and a two-thirds (2/3) majority resolution for inability to discharge duties or misconduct. Similarly, Section 7(3) dictates that the removal of the Deputy Clerk follows the same procedure.
Furthermore, Section 93 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) underscores the authority of the House of Assembly in appointing a Clerk and other staff. The method of appointment and removal is determined by laws enacted by the House.
This clarification affirms that the Speaker and a two-thirds majority of the House hold exclusive authority over the appointment and removal of the Clerk and Deputy Clerk. External entities, including the Head of Service and the Governor, lack the power to appoint, remove, or transfer the Clerk or Deputy Clerk once appointed.