NASS Legislative Aides protest non-payment of arrears

The Legislative Aides in protested the non- 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 of legislative Aides.

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

“We are disturbed that despite an 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 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 , the 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 .”

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

While addressing the , Gbajabiamila said that every labourer deserved 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 one thing I know is that, I will make sure that these things are resolved and your arrears .

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