Reliable news reports have comfirmed that on Tuesday,theLegislative aides under the aegis of the “Concerned National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum” protested at the entrance hall of the National Assembly in respect to unpaid salary arrears.
The aides appeared at the hallway the National Assembly with placards having different inscriptions.
The protesters accused Arc Olatunde Ojo,the Clerk to the National Assembly, of inability to offset their salary arrears,execute Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS), minimum wage, Duty Tour Allowances (DTA),dearth of training and Conditions of Service.
Meanwhole, adrama was enacted when they saw the Speaker,Femi Gbajabimila, who was about to enter the Chamber.The protesters quickly started to sing solidarity songs.
The Speaker immediately paused after sighting the protesters and asked to get the full details from their leaders.
Mr. Zebis Prince representing the South-South geopolitical zone of the group subsequently informed the Speaker that they want the Clerk of the National Assembly (CNA)to provide their requests.
According to Prince,some of the requests include non-payment of the routine Duty Tour Allowance (DTA), lack of training, non-implementation of National Minimum Wage and the Consolidated Legislative Aides Salary Structure (CONLESS).
In reaction, Comrade Salisu Zuru who is the incumbent Chairman,National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF) later gave written requests of the group to the Speaker.
The Speaker, Mr.Gbajabimila, after collecting the letter of request, made it known that it is “inexcusable” to fail in the payment of workers arrears as far back as 2019.
He said that the authorities appreciate them for making their stand known and that the case will be treated as merited.
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