Due to unpaid allowance by the management of the National Assembly, Legislative Aides to legislators on Tuesday threatened to shut down the lawmaking building unless their outstanding N5.8billion paid before the 25th September, 2018 resumption .
National Assembly had on July adjourned till September 25.
Expressing their grievances against the leadership of the National Assembly, legislative Aides in their hundreds were shouting “Pay us our entitlement”, ” we are aides and nor slaves”.
Briefing newsmen, Comrade Sam Melaye revealed that the Management of National Assembly is owing the aides of about N5.8 billion adding that the entitlement of legislative aides must be paid before the resumption of the National Assembly by September 25, 2018.
He told the journalists that by laid down procedures and yearly budgetary provisions of N250m on quarterly basis , each of the legislatives aides is expected to go for training on the template of capacity building the totality of which is N1bn per year but for the past three years, no category of the aides have been sent on any training.
According to him, duty Tour Allowances not paid to any one of them within the last three years which is over N2bn now and training allowances which based on calculation of N1bn per year is N3bn now .
He added that the aides under the aegis of National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum, have made concerted efforts to get the leadership of the National Assembly politically and Administratively within the last three months in getting the monies paid without required response or cooperation from them