BEVERLY HILLS, April 13, (THEWILL) – Members of the “Concerned National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum” on Tuesday protested at the foyer of the National Assembly, where the Speaker met them and assured them that their demands would receive judicious attention.
The aides bore placards to protest their unpaid salary arrears, among other things.
They accused the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Arc Olatunde Ojo, of failure to pay their salary arrears, implement the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS), failure to pay the minimum wage, failure to pay the Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) and lack of training and conditions of service.
The protesters had relocated to the back entrance into the foyer of the National Assembly when they noticed the arrival of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabimila.
The Speaker, seeing the protesters, stopped and demanded to hear from their leaders.
Representative of the South-South geopolitical zone of the group, Zebis Prince, told the Speaker that the aides wanted the CNA to meet their demands.
The Chairman, National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), Comrade Salisu Zuru, later presented the written demands of the group to the Speaker.
Gbajabimila told the group: “I believe that every labourer should be paid his wages. We are looking into it. While these things can be protracted, not paying wages of 2019 is inexcusable.
“We will look into it. I will just ask that you be patient. We plead for your understanding. We know there are financial constraints but one thing I know is this will be resolved amicably and your arrears will be paid.
“We appreciate you for bringing these demands to our attention and we will attend to it accordingly.”