Protests Rock National Assembly As Saraki, Dogara Run For Cover

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The National Assembly premises were today dessiated as Staff members protest their unpaid wages and lack of due promotion.
Some of the workers claim they are being owed wages from as far back as 2010.
They also alleged that funds meant for training had been diverted by the lawmakers.
Carrying banners and placards with several inscriptions, some of the workers were heard chanting “no pay, no sitting”.

The workers, who are protesting inside the National Assembly also blocked the entrance into the legislative chambers.
While the duo of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara are yet to be sighted, when the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, arrived at the Assembly, he was prevented from going into the Senate chamber with the workers chanting “no sitting”.

A staff explained: ” In 2010 the Senate and the house of reps acted on the recommendations of the national assembly service commission and approved Consolidated Salaries Structures for National Assembly Staff.

“And at that time, a certain percentage which was supposed to be 50 per cent, was paid at the time of approval with a close that after that time, it would be extended to 100 per cent.

“That was the agreement.
He continued: “There have been agitations. When the time came for them to complete implementations, the management of the National Assembly kept telling us approvals and releases have not been given and ministry of finance have not released the payment and so many excuses.
“When it comes to their own allowances, it is not delayed one day. How come just stipends for staff, is difficult for them.
“What we are protesting here, at the end of the day, it will not be more than N10,000 or N15,000 added to the salary of an officer here, but the legislators earn hundreds of millions,” he concluded.
It is understood that approval was given in 2010, the first percentage was implemented that year, since then, nothing again.

Besides non-payment of salaries and allowances, the workers are also protesting promotions.
Another of the protesters said: “We are protesting our allowances – our 100% CONLESS. We are also protesting training for staff.

“They are withholding our allowances for over 8 years now, some of us have not received our allowances. This thing was approved since 2010. They syphon money meant for training without training anybody.

“Normally, when you work for three years, you are entitled to promotion but no promotion. So many staff who have been due for promotion for years now, have still not been promoted. At a time they released some promotions, they withheld some.” he stated
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