UPDATE: The Real Reason National Assembly Staff Protest
Permanent staff of the National Assembly are tired of looking forward to receiving their consolidated salaries and now they want to push it through another means.
On Tuesday they decided to block the entrance of the two chambers of the National Assembly - the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The protesters claimed that in 2010
the Senate and the House of Representatives acted on the recommendations of the National Assembly Service Commission and approved Consolidated Salaries Structures for
National Assembly Staff.
At that time approval, a certain percentage which was supposed to be 50%, was paid, with a clause that it would be extended to 100%.
They claimed that agreement had not been met.
"There have been agitations and 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 that the Ministry of Finance has not released the payment and so many excuses.
"When it comes to their own allowances, its 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 10,000 Naira or 15,000 Naira added to the salary of an officer here, but the legislators earn hundreds of millions," one of the protesters who simply identified himself as Sunday said.
The protesters are also demanding for their promotions which they claimed were not being released.
"As we speak now, the National Assembly service commission that is statutorily responsible for appointments and promotions, has released promotions of officers that were successful at the last promotion exams but till now the CAN is withholding those promotions.
"We are also protesting staff trainings.
"Every year, there are huge budgets for training of staff but nothing like that has been done.
"Some staff have not had training since they came, but directors and senior officers keep putting themselves in hotels across the country in the name of training," Sunday added.
Other protesters also corroborated what Mr Sunday said.
"We are protesting our allowances - our 100% CONLESS. We are
also pushing for training for staff.
"They are withholding our allowances for over eight years now. Some of us have not received our allowances.
"This thing was approved since 2010. They siphon 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," one of the protesters who requested not to be named told Bounce News.
While the protest held, Senator Shehu Sani walked in and addressed the protesters for few minutes.
He told them that he was with them in the protest and said he would ensure that the leadership came down to address them.
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