NASS aides protest non-payment of salaries

Aides to National Assembly Members, NASS, have gone on rampage over non-payment of salaries and allowances.

The dramatic protest started about 10.15am after the angry aides stormed the main lobby of the National Assembly building.

The aides lamented a purported maltreatment by both the management of their National Assembly and their immediate bosses.

“All we are saying, pay us our money, our salaries; Solidarity forever,” the protesting group sang.

It took the Sergeant-at-Arms and other security operatives to disperse the aides.

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The group accused their principals of owing them accumulated entitlements of about N1.5bn.

The aides stated that they resorted to the protest after several meetings with the management and complaints to their bosses yielded no result.

They threatened that in their next outing, they would block the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, and Mr. Yakubu Dogara, from entering the chambers.

One of the aides, Mr. Ucho Kingsley, described their situation as humiliating. Kingsley stated that the aides were denied basic training.

He added, “Today is the 12th day of the month (October) and our salary has not been paid for last month.

“Our entitlements such as transport allowance for five quarters have not been paid to us.

“It is the same for our 28-day allowance, which has not been paid to most of us.

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“We are entitled to training at least once each quarter but till date, we have never been sent for training.

“When we ask questions, they give us excuses that the problem is from the management or another person.

“All we want is for our salaries to be paid on time; the same thing with our entitlements which we are being owed.”

On further investigations, it was revealed by the Director of Information and Publications on National Assembly, Mr. Dibal Ishaku-Adamu, that the normal practice was that lawmakers and the aides were paid at the same time.

Ishaku-Adamu stated, “Legislative aides and members are paid together. They are paid the same time,” Ishaku said.