The National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum on Tuesday in Abuja protested the non-payment of their 20 months’ salary

The National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum on Tuesday in Abuja protested the non-payment of their 20 months’ salary arrears.⁣
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Zebis Prince, who spoke on behalf of the protesting Aides, said that since the inauguration of the 9th Assembly, their salary arrears were withheld by the management.⁣
He said that the matter was referred to the House Services Committee with the mandate to among other things investigate the irregularities in the payment of legislative Aides.⁣
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He however said that the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA) insisted on getting directives from the chairman of National Assembly Service Commission before payment of the arrears.⁣
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“We are disturbed that despite an express legislative resolution mandating the CNA to ensure payment three weeks after, the Chief Accounting Officer of NASS has chosen to hold us to ransom.⁣
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“The continued refusal of CNA to pay about 2,500 Aides their 2019 salary arrears have created a sharp division between Aides and the management,” he said⁣
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He said that having exhausted internal dispute resolution mechanism, the forum has resolved to pursue their grievances using all legitimate tools at their disposal⁣
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“So, we are presenting our demands to the Speaker of the House of representative, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, as the boss of our principal and the Senate President.”⁣
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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the demands of the protesters include: implementation of minimum wage, duty tour allowances and training.⁣
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While addressing the forum, Gbajabiamila said that every labourer deserves his wages, adding that the NASS leadership were already looking into it.⁣
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“The wages owed since 2019 is not excusable, I will just ask that you are a little bit patient and a little understanding.⁣
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“I know that there is financial constraint but one thing I know is that, I will make sure that these things are resolved and your arrears paid.⁣
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“We appreciate you by bringing this peacefully into our attention,” he said.⁣
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The National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum on Tuesday in Abuja protested the non-payment of their 20 months’ salary arrears.⁣

Zebis Prince, who spoke on behalf of the protesting Aides, said that since the inauguration of the 9th Assembly, their salary arrears were withheld by the management.⁣
He said that the matter was referred to the House Services Committee with the mandate to among other things investigate the irregularities in the payment of legislative Aides.⁣

He however said that the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA) insisted on getting directives from the chairman of National Assembly Service Commission before payment of the arrears.⁣

“We are disturbed that despite an express legislative resolution mandating the CNA to ensure payment three weeks after, the Chief Accounting Officer of NASS has chosen to hold us to ransom.⁣

“The continued refusal of CNA to pay about 2,500 Aides their 2019 salary arrears have created a sharp division between Aides and the management,” he said⁣

He said that having exhausted internal dispute resolution mechanism, the forum has resolved to pursue their grievances using all legitimate tools at their disposal⁣

“So, we are presenting our demands to the Speaker of the House of representative, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, as the boss of our principal and the Senate President.”⁣

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the demands of the protesters include: implementation of minimum wage, duty tour allowances and training.⁣

While addressing the forum, Gbajabiamila said that every labourer deserves his wages, adding that the NASS leadership were already looking into it.⁣

“The wages owed since 2019 is not excusable, I will just ask that you are a little bit patient and a little understanding.⁣

“I know that there is financial constraint but one thing I know is that, I will make sure that these things are resolved and your arrears paid.⁣

“We appreciate you by bringing this peacefully into our attention,” he said.⁣
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