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Legislative aides threaten to picket NASS over 2019 salary arrears



Legislative aides threaten to picket NASS over 2019 salary arrears

By Naomi Sharang

Legislative assistants to the National Assembly threatened to strike a picket line in front of the legislature from Monday for non-payment of their arrears of wages and unpaid allowances for 2019.

They decided to found all the activities of the Assembly to assert their demands, while denouncing the series of alleged offenses perpetrated by the leadership of the National Assembly.

The group said so in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, signed by Mr. Zebis Prince, coordinator of legislative aid affected by wage arrears, which was co-signed by five other colleagues.

They argued that they were owed 3.1 billion naira, including 1.35 billion naira in back wages and 1.75 billion naira for the resulting minimum wage adjustment.

“We will picket in front of the National Assembly complex, as well as the place of a training organized by the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) scheduled for Monday, September 27, to assert our demand better working conditions, ”he added. said the statement.

According to them, while more than 1,300 aides still owed wages in arrears, none of the 2,345 legislative assistants have received the minimum wage adjustment as a result since their appointment in June 2019.

The group alleged that the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Amos Ojo, disobeyed a resolution passed by the House of Representatives mandating him to pay the arrears.

“It is clear that legislative assistants have exhausted their patience and in the coming weeks, starting Monday, September 27, legislative assistants will take a series of actions to assert their demands.

“To begin with, we will ensure that the selective training scheduled for Monday by NILDS does not hold up by mobilizing our members to picket the site.

“From Tuesday, we will also organize a picket line in front of the National Assembly complex to draw the world’s attention to the embarrassment in the country’s first legislative institution,” they said.

The aggrieved assistants listed their demands to include: full payment of salary arrears from June 2019, implementation of a substantial adjustment to the minimum wage, reinstatement of the Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) , a holistic and comprehensive training for all executives of legislative assistants, among others.

Reacting to the evolving situation, National Assembly clerk Ojo Adetunji said the National Assembly leadership has since met with the group’s leadership.

“Efforts have been made to clear the arrears,” Adetunji said, through his special adviser for media and labor, Mr. Austen Adesoro.

“Management has told them categorically, with evidence of efforts to raise funds to pay those among them, that management is in arrears.

“The senior officers are doing their best to make sure that everything that needs to be done is done to ensure the release of funds from the Ministry of Fice,” he said. (www.)

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