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N5.5bn Unpaid Allowances:Legislative Aides Threaten NASS Shutdown

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Legislative Aides to Senators and House  of Representatives members have threatened to shut down the National Assembly (NASS) if their allegedly owed allowances amounting to N5.8billion are not paid before September 25,  2018 resumption date of NASS.

The legislative Aides in their hundreds made the threat yesterday  at the central lobby of the  National Assembly , shouting “ we are aides and not slaves , pay us our entitlements”

Addressing journalists over their plights, the Chairman of the aggrieved  legislative aides, Comrade Sam Melaye said the entitlements  totalling about N5.8 billion now, must be paid before resumption of the lawmakers this month failure of which will lead to shut down of the federal Parliament.

The entitlements according to him are Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) not paid to any one of them within the last three years which is over N2bn now and training allowances which based on calculation of N1bn per year is N3bn now .

“By laid down procedures and yearly budgetary provisions of N250m on quartely basis,each legislative aide is expected to go for training on the template of capacity building the totality of which is N1bn per year but for the past three years, no category of the aides have been sent on any training , let alone , paid the required allowances “, he explained.

He disclosed that the aides under the aegis of National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum ( NASSLAF) , have made concerted efforts to get the leadership of the National Assembly politically and Administratively within the last three months in getting the monies paid without required response or cooperation from them.

Though after the protest, the Clerk to the Senate,Nelson Ayewoh in his capacity as Acting Clerk to NASS had audience with the aggrieved aides in his office but after the meeting, the protesting aides returned to the lobby , shouting “no retreat , no surrender!”.



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