Legislative aides are set for a showdown with the National Assembly management over N1.5 billion arrears of allowance.
Daily Sun gathered that both senior legislative aides, such as Special Advisers, Special Assistants and Chiefs of Staff to presiding officers in both chambers, as well as middle and junior staff, including senior legislative aides, legislative aides and secretaries have not been paid the statutory 28-day allowance, which should have been paid soon after the June 9, 2015 inauguration of the Eighth National Assembly.
A senior aide to a South-West lawmaker in the House of Representatives, who declined to be named as he was not authorised to do so, said both the 28-day allowance, which is paid a new staff on resumption and the Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) paid quarterly have not been paid since June 2015.
“I should be paid about N120,000 per quarter as my DTA and N35,000 as my 28-day allowance. But, I haven’t been paid DTA for a year, neither has the 28-day allowance been paid to me,” the aide said.
Also confirming that majority of legislative aides have not received payment, a senior legislative aide of a South-South senator lamented that the situation was further compounded by the division in the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF).
“There is really no one to talk to the management on this matter because NASSLAF has factions,” the source said.
But, speaking with Daily Sun, factional chairman of NASSLAF, Samuel Melaye, said the forum will, today, issue management a 10-day ultimatum over allowances owed its members.