Saraki Gets A Share Of Embarrassment From Protesting NASS Staff
A cup of embarrassment is going around at the National Assembly, as staff of the legislative arm push for the payment of their outstanding entitlement, promotion and training needs.
It was a protest that halted activities at the Senate and House of Representative for Tuesday.
Hours into the protest, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, came to address them, but got his own shear from the cup of embarrassment offered by the protesters that had earlier dished some for the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
He was booed before he managed to address them.
"Let me make a commitment on behalf of the entire leadership of the National Assembly that we are all on the same side.
"It is our interest to ensure good and sense condition of service and better working environment and we are fully committed to this.
"We will work tirelessly to make sure the conditions you have listed are met.
"As the leadership of the National Assembly, the responsibility lies on us to address these. Regarding the condition of service, regarding the CONLESS, let me assure you that we are on the same page to ensure the implementation," he said.
Explaining why the agreed increment has not been paid, the Senate President told them that the lawmakers were not in "direct control of the issue".
"But we have asked your leadership to give us from now till Friday.
"What I am committing to you alongside the leadership is that we must find money to ensure the implementation of your demand.
"But for us to find a solution, we must be able to sit down and hold a meeting.
"We want you to be paid, but we must be able to sit down and discuss with the management on how to go about this.
"You should give us time to hold a meeting.
"If you allow us, the report on the condition of service will be considered immediately by the two chambers so that we can pass that immediately.
"We want to meet with you and communicate to you on the way forward, but for that to happen, we must be able to sit," he told the protesting staff that had accused the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, of diverting funds meant to pay their salaries.
He has denied the allegation, saying funds have not been released for the payment.
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