Legislative aides at the National Assembly, yesterday, staged a protest over owed salaries and unpaid allowances.
The aides who converged and chanted solidarity songs at the lobby of the National Assembly complex at about 10 am yesterday said the protest followed failed promises made by the management of the National Assembly to pay owed salaries and entitlements estimated at N1.5 billion.
They warned that if their salaries remained unpaid, the next protest would target Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
One of the legislative aides who pleaded anonymity lamented the non-payment of the salaries of aides which he said has brought untold hardship on them and their families and dependents.
He added that aides were also yet to be trained as is the norm one year after the inauguration of he 8th Assembly.
“This is 12th of October and we have not been paid last month’s salary. Other entitlements like transport allowance has also not been paid since last year. It’s the same for our 28-Day allowance which has not been paid to most of us. Every legislative aide is entitled to at least one training for each quarter but the management has not done any of that.
“No one has addressed us. All we get from them is excuses and blame game. We are not asking for favors but our salaries and allowances and that they should able to pay that on time. Some of us are married with children and it’s hard,” he lamented.