- Aides of lawmakers are protesting the alleged non-payment of their entitlements totalling more than N4 billion
- They have threatened to drag Senate president Bukola Saraki and the clerk to National Assembly to anti-graft agencies
- The aides have also threatened to shut down the National Assembly
Some aides to federal lawmakers have threatened to drag Senate president Bukola Saraki and clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Mohammed Sani-Omolori, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies.
The Nation reports that the workers, under the aegis of National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), are protesting the confusion trailing the alleged non-payment of their entitlements totalling more than N4 billion, which include Duty Tour Allowance (DTA), 28% salary increment, among others.
The chairman of the aides’ forum, Sam Melaye, said: “The protest is about our allowances and entitlements. It has become clear to us that they are now passing the buck. The Senate president, who is the chairman of the National Assembly, said the CNA is responsible for our plight, and the CNA is now in turn accusing the Senate president of being responsible for the situation we have been subjected to.
“But at this point, it doesn’t really matter who is responsible, all we are saying is pay us our entitlements.
“Our DTA has not been paid for 10 quarters and that’s over N2billion. We are supposed to be trained twice in a year. This has not happened in the last three years and that is supposed to gulp over N2billion and training allowances, which is based on calculation of N1billion per year, is N3billion now.
“By laid down procedures and yearly budgetary provisions of N250million on a quarterly basis, each of the legislatives aides is expected to go for training on the template of capacity building, the totality of which is N1billion per year, but for the past three years, no category of the aides has been sent on any training, let alone paid the required allowances.
“All we are saying is that the National Assembly should do the needful.
“We are going to meet the Acting CNA, since the CNA is not around, but I want to believe that the outcome of the meeting will be favorable to us. But if it is not favourable, we will take on the next step of writing anti-graft agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in order for them to pay us our entitlements.
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“If our demands are not met, we will shut down the National Assembly. Although there had been protests over this same issue in the past, this is the first time I’m leading protest as the chairman of Legislative Aides Forum and I can assure you, there will be no retreat, no surrender.”
The group gave the lawmakers till September 14 to get their entitlements, after meeting with the acting CNA.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Department of State Services(DSS) said some dark forces in the society are fuelling a series of speculative reports about its internal affairs, with the aim of bringing it in collision with the federal government.
It was the first time that the secret agency was reacting to the flurry of speculative reports in the media about its affairs.
The various uncorroborated reports have ranged from the recall of the sacked DG, Lawal Daura and some reorganisation allegedly made by the acting DG, Matthew Seiyefa.
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