The House of Representatives yesterday, summoned the minister of Finance, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, to appear before it and give reasons for the non release of the fund appropriated for the National Assembly and the judiciary in the 2018 budget.
This is just as it said it is committed to the welfare of the staff of the institution.
The decision is consequent upon the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Edward Pwajok on Tuesday’s protest by the National Assembly by members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) which resulted in the lock down of the two chambers of the National Assembly.
In his lead debate, Pwajok explained that the non payment of the workers benefits is as result of the low level of implementation of the 2018 budget.
“The National Assembly and judiciary are on first line charge and so there ought to be full implementation of the budget of the two arms of National Assembly.”
Also, the chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, noted that while the workers’ protest was not against the leadership of the National Assembly, legislators are committed to the wellbeing of the staff.
Namdas reiterated the need for the minister to appear before the House to explain why funds appropriated for the National Assembly in the 2018 budget is yet to be released.
He explained that though the workers acted in ignorance of the law by blocking the entrance of the both chambers, the leadership of the National Assembly has taken steps to address their grievances.
“The increment that people are talking about is not for salaries, it’s about 28 per cent and we have called the Finance minister to appear before us and tell us why it has not been released because this money was captured in the 2018 budget.
“We have summoned the minister to come and explain why resources have not been released; We will need a well equipped management staff. The protest is not against the leadership of the National Assembly.
“The National Assembly is structured in such a way that the Senate has its own fund; the House of Reps has its own fund and the management has its own fund. None of the two presiding officers have access to the funds of the management.
He continued: “We are not supposed to be fighting people working with us, we care for them. But they should follow due process.”
It would be recalled that staff of the National Assembly shut down the National Assembly on Tuesday in protest over the non payment of the 28 per cent increase of the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) as well as other benefits.
SERAP Asks Malami To Create Public Registers For Corrupt Governors, Others
Family Demands Justice Over Son’s Murder
FUTO VC Commends WHO On Healthcare Delivery
AFRIMA Releases Final Nominees’ List For 6th Edition
Japan Protests As S/Korean Military Drills Around Disputed Islands
Israeli Drones In Beirut Attempt To Stir Regional Tensions, Say Hariri
Coalition Alleges Fresh Plot To Stall Ex-Gov Kalu’s Trial
NEWS20 hours ago
‘Aregbesola Will End Illegal Replacement In Paramilitary’
EDUCATION21 hours ago
Wamakko To Build First Private Varsity In Sokoto
COVER STORIES21 hours ago
FBI Releases Full List Of Nigerians Indicted Of Cybercrime
NEWS22 hours ago
Operation Lafiya Dole: New TC, Adeniyi Leads Patrol Around Gajigana
COVER STORIES5 hours ago
Tribunal: PMB, Atiku Know Fate September 13
NEWS20 hours ago
NLC Confirms Ubgoaja As New General Secretary
NEWS14 hours ago
Sponsored Attacks Against Omo-Agege Won’t Work-Isoko Leaders
CRIME21 hours ago
Saudi Authorities To Execute 23 Nigerians For Drug Crimes