By Christiana Ekpa
The National Assembly management has cautioned members of staff to steer clear of acts capable of causing financial embarrassment and harm on the image of the National Assembly and the Nigerian public service.
The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Omolori, gave the caution at the unveiling and presentation of the Code of Ethics in National Assembly Service, on Monday in Abuja.
He tasked the staff on understanding of the Public Service Rule, to enable them discharge their duties with diligence and honesty.
He also called for adherence to rules of engagement and attitudinal change with regards to punctuality, availability at duty post and respect for hierarchy of office.
“One of my first major assignments on assumption of office as the Clark to the National Assembly was to take stock of so many variables in respect of human resources and productivity.
“This is necessary as it is obvious that competent and well-grounded staff is key to the realisation of our overall objectives in the formation and implementation of service goals. The exercise revealed the existence of gaps in the staff attitude and understanding of Public Service Rule, Disciplinary Code and Ethics.
“Following the stock taking, a disciplinary committee was set up to come up with strategies for ensuing attitudinal changes in staff,’’ he said.
Omolori said the committee considered suitable options and strategies and eventually came up with the publication of a pocket friendly “Code of Ethics’’ to serve as a means of enlightenment and constant reminder to staff.
He added that “the mission and vision statements are incorporated in the booklet for easy access.
“It is my hope that after this ceremony, each staff will be sincere in the application of the contents of this publication. This will lead to forthrightness in your conduct and ensure optimum service output. I therefore enjoin all staff to judiciously use this publication.’’
Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe(PDP-Abia), commended the management for the giant stride.
Abaribe, who represented President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said the unveiling of the publication was an evidence of National Assembly’s continuous determination to set the pace for other Nigerians to follow.
He commended the management for its role in the smooth running of the assembly, adding that Nigerians often forgot that the management formed an integral part of the national assembly.