We are addressing concerns of protesting NASS workers – Reps


The House of Representatives has said that it has fulfilled its part of the conditions to address the grievances of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.

The spokesman of the house, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas (APC-Adamawa), made this known at a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

Namdas said that part of the grievances was for the Assembly to consider a new condition of service for the workers, promotion and pay increase.

The legislator said that the Chairman, House Committee on Public Service Matters, had laid the report on the matter on the floor of the green chambers.

He said that the union was demanding for the payment of 28 per cent increment in salary which was captured in the 2018 budget but has not been released.

Namdas said that the house had summoned the Minister of Finance to appear before the house to give explanations as to why the funds had not being released.

The legislator said that the green chambers is in support of the opinion that the management should have a new condition of service.

According to him, when that is done, it will attract the best brains to the institution that supports the activities of legislators.

“We are assuring members of staff here that we will continue to keep their interest in mind.

“People should be aware that the protest by the members of staff was not against the leadership of the National Assembly but against the Management of the National Assembly.

“The National Assembly is structured in a way that the Senate controls its own funds, the House of Reps controls its own funds and members of Management headed by the Clark of the National Assembly control their own funds.

“Not even the Senate President or the Speaker of the House have access to the management’s funds,” he said.

The lawmaker, however, said that it was unlawful to prevent lawmakers from sitting under any circumstance, but added that the house would not press charges.

NAN reported that the union on Tuesday blocked the entrance to both chambers of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers from sitting. (NAN)

– Dec. 6, 2018 @ 19:45 GMT |

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