Legislative Aides Protest Unpaid Entitlements

Legislative aides have staged a warning protest at the main lobby of the National assembly complex on Wednesday. They also issued notice of a 14-day sitting protest over unpaid allowances and entitlements.

The aides displayed placards with inscriptions that expressed displeasure over unpaid allowances and entitlements since Oct. 2015.

Mr. Paul Usembor, who spoke on behalf of the protesters said they have come express their grievances to the management of the assembly.

“We need to come out to state our grievances against the management by carrying out a 14 sitting working day protest. This in line with our advocacy rally which is taking place throughout the month of November until our issues are resolved.”

Usembor explained that the aides resorted to a peaceful protest having exhausted all possible avenues to get the management of the assembly to pay outstanding allowances to about 4, 600 aides.

The aides, according to him are owed DTA allowances since Oct. 2015 till date. They were not paid the first 28 days allowance and there is no training since inception of the 8th assembly.

Another protester, Mr. Gozie Nwachukwu, said that if nothing is done to meet their demands before Oct. 31, they will down tool.

“If nothing is done between now and Tuesday, all the legislative aides will down tool. And if we down tool it will certainly be a clog in the wheel of the operations of the national assembly.”

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