Legislative aides under the auspices of the “Concerned National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum”, on Tuesday, protested unpaid salary arrears at the National Assembly.
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The aides reportedly stormed the foyer of the national assembly carrying placards with various inscriptions, The Nation reports.
They accused Olatunde Ojo, clerk of the National Assembly, of failure to pay their salary arrears, implement Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS), minimum wage, Duty Tour Allowances (DTA), lack of training and Conditions of Service.
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The newspaper, however, said there was drama when the protesters sighted speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabimila, who was on his way to the chamber.
They were said to have relocated from the back entrance into the foyer of the chamber, when they noticed Gbajabiamila and started chanting solidarity songs.
The speaker stopped and demanded to hear from their leaders.
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Zebis Prince, who represents the South-south geo-political zone of the group, told Gbajabiamila that the aides want the CNA to meet their demands.
Some of the demands, according to Prince, 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).
Chairman, National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), Salisu Zuru, later presented written demands of the group to the speaker.
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Gbajabimila, after receiving the written demands, said it is “inexcusable” not to pay workers arrears dating back to 2019.
“I believe that every labourer should be paid his wages. We are looking into it. While these things can be protracted, not paying wages of 2019 is inexcusable.
“We will look into it. I will just ask that you be patient. We plead for your understanding. We know there are financial constraints but one thing I know is this will be resolved amicably and your arrears will be paid.
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“We appreciate you for bringing these demands to our attention and we will attend to it accordingly,” he assured.