Death Of Deputy Speaker's Aide Sparks Protest In Abuja
One of the legislative aides is dead and his colleagues are not happy.
They believe his death could have been avoided if the necessary actions were taken.
The protesters who carried placards and obituary pictures said they were protesting the death of a legislative aide to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Yusuff Lasun.
The protesters said that the aide, Hassan Abiodun, died because he was unable to pay the sum of N165,000 to pay for surgery for appendicitis.
Speaking to newsmen during the protest, one of the aides, Dayo Faduba said that if the salary had not been delayed, the deceased would have afforded to pay the hospital dues.
He added that the late aide died when the appendix ruptured one day after the due date of his surgery and he eventually gave up on Friday June 9.
The aides berated the management of the National Assembly for moving the payment account of the aides from a known national commercial bank to a “microfinance bank masquerading as a commercial bank”.
He said that since the management of the National Assembly started operating with Sun Trust Bank, payment of salaries had always been delayed.
He also blamed the bank for the death of their colleague adding that if they had paid on time, Hassan may not have died.
The protesters met with the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who promised to wade into the matter while also directing his Deputy Chief of Staff, Gbenga Makanjuola to meet with the aides and get details of their grouse.