NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WORKERS PROTEST NON PAYMENT OF WAGES.
National Assembly workers today protested against nonpayment of their wages and allowances, the protesters block the entrance of the National Assembly preventing lawmaker’s access to the chambers.
Protesters were seen carrying banners and placards with various inscriptions and chanting “no pay, no sitting” When the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ekweremadu arrived at the Assembly, he was prevented from going into the Senate chamber
One of the staff complained bitterly “They are withholding our allowances .This thing was approved since 2010. They syphon 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,”
Another protester stated “There have been agitations .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 ministry of finance have not released the payment and so many excuses.
“When it comes to their own allowances, it is 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 N10, 000 or N15, 000 added to the salary of an officer here, but the legislators earn hundreds of millions”
All efforts by the leadership of the National Assembly led by the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara as well the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu proved abortive as the Assembly workers insisted that they would only allow the lawmakers inside the chambers if they receive notification from their banks that the outstanding owed has been paid.