Legislative aides threaten to ground N’Assembly over unpaid allowances

The National Assembly may be grounded next week as legislative aides say they would down tools over unpaid allowances.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the aides staged a warning protest at the main lobby of the assembly complex on Wednesday to express their displeasure.

“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,” said Gozie Nwachukwu, one of the aggrieved workers.

Paul Usembor, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the aides had to resort to protest when other options failed.

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

According to him, the aides were owed “DTA allowances since October 2015, first 28 days allowance and no training since inception of the 8th assembly”.

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