Legislative Aides Ready for Showdown With Saraki, Omolori Over N4b Unpaid Allowances
Legislative Aides Tuesday in Abuja threatened to drag the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori before anti-graft agencies over their unpaid allowances and entitlements for the past three years.
The workers, under the eiges of the Nigerian Legislative Aides Forum converged on the main lobby of the White House complex of the NASS to protest the confusion trailing the nonpayment of their entitlements totaling over N4b, including Duty Tour Allowances DTA, annual Training, 28% Salary Increment
The aides are also threatening to shut down the National Assembly if their accumulated allowances are not paid before the 25th resumption date for the NASS.
The protesting legislative aides sent their executive members to meet with the acting Clerk to the NASS as Omolori is said to be out of the country while the general membership stood their ground, sang protest songs Admist placards inscribed with “We are aides, not slaves”
Chairman of the aides’ forum, Sam Melaye said”The protest is about our allowances and entitlements. It has become obviously clear to us that they are now passing the buck.
“The Senate President who is the chairman of the NASS said the CNA is responsible for our plight, the CNA on the other hand is accusing the chairman of NASS for the same thing.
“But at this point, it doesn’t really matter who is responsible, all we are saying is pay us our entitlements” Sam Melaye added.
“Our Duty Tour Allowance DTA has not been paid for 10 quarters and that’s over N2b. we are supposed to be trained twice a year, that has not happened in the last three years and that is supposed to gulp over N2b”
“All we are saying is that the National Assembly should do the needful.
“We will continue to dialogue with NASS management over the payment and I want to believe that the outcome of such meeting will be favorable to us but if it is not, we will take on the next step of writing the anti-graft agencies in order for them to enforce thepayment us our entitlements.
“And if our demands are not met, we will shut down the National Assembly.
“Though there have been protests over this same issue in the past but this is the first time I’m leading protest as the Chairman of Legislative Aides Forum and I can assure you, this time, there will be no retreat, no surrender”. ENDS.