The National Assembly Legislative Aide Forum (NALAF), a union representing legislative aides are currently staging a protest at the lobby of the National Assembly over their unpaid allowance said to be in the region of about N5.8 billion.
Spokesman of the group, Nyakari-Abasi Etuk, while speaking on behalf of the aides made up of over 3,000, accused the Clerk of the House, Sani Omoleri and the leadership of the National Assembly of turning blind eyes to their plight.
“Some of us, they are owing us up to one point something million and these are funds we use to go on errands and other miscellaneous things. The last leadership of the National Assembly paid us up to date.
We are not talking about training; the issue of training is also there. We are supposed to have four trainings in a year. Ever since we started, we have not had training.
The training that we had was sponsored by the National Assembly Service Commission. All we are asking for are our entitlements.
We have tried; we are calling on the leadership to pay us. We are telling the world that they are owing us; they are taking us to the point where we have to address everybody.
This is our plight; this is our concern. We are telling everybody – today is the resumption date – most of the aides, some have died, some don’t have money to send their children to school.
The leadership, as a matter of urgency – we are calling on the leadership to ensure that our allowances, to ensure we collect our duty tour allowances.
Every year, allocations and budgets are given to the National Assembly which captures the legislative aides. So all we are saying, all we are asking for is for them to pay us.”
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