Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Legislative Aides Protest Unpaid N7bn Severance Allowances by N'Assembly Management

Legislative aides who served in the 7th National Assembly, on Tuesday protested over non-payment of their severance entitlements by the assembly authorities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protesters who gathered at the central lobby of the assembly to express their grievances were prevented by policemen attached to the legislature from getting to the office of the clerk.

The policemen however, allowed some representatives of the aides into the office of the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly to present their grievance.

An internal circular was subsequently issued by the acting director of personnel management, Abubakar, on behalf of the Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa.

The circular urged the protesting aides to exercise patience as the Ministry of Finance has not released the money to the assembly”I am directed to inform all legislative aides to exercise more patience regarding payment of their severance gratuity and duty tour allowances. The management is making assiduous efforts to get the monies released from the Ministry of Finance,” he assured.

Abubakar urged them to maintain the existing good working relationship between the national assembly management and the legislative aides for an enduring welfare ”I wish to assure you that as soon as the monies are released, payment will commence without delay as all preparations have been concluded., ’’ the circular states.

Having being assured of the intervention of the clerk as conveyed by via the circular, the protesting former workers dispersed.