Senate moves to resolve unpaid salaries of NASS staff

OrderPaperToday- Following the NASS staff protest during the week, a report seeking to address the issue of unpaid salaries was laid in plenary.

On Tuesday, the parliamentary staff of the National Assembly shut down activities in the complex, stopping lawmakers from holding their plenary session because of the unpaid Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) owed since 2010.

While addressing the angry protesters, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, promised there will be a resolution by Friday.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, Emmanuel Paulker, laid the report on the floor of the upper legislative chamber.

After laying the report, the presiding officer, Ike Ekweremadu expressed his optimism, noting that the green chamber has taken similar step.

He said: “The staff of the National Assembly, management, as well as the leadership of the National Assembly, when they had the picketing on Tuesday, we met with them and part of the agreement reached was that this report will be laid today. I am happy we are able to do that.

“The House of Representatives are taking steps to ensure that the issues raised by the staff of our parliament are being addressed. I am happy that the picketing has been suspended and I do hope that the other issues will be resolved as quickly as possible.”

However, Senator Ekweremadu made sure to note that the current situation is as a result of the non implementation of the 2018 budget.

“The point that needs to be made is that the major issue lies with the federal government implementing the 2018 budget, as in relation to the National Assembly, with other agencies of government. As we speak, the 2018 budget is yet to be implemented regarding the National Assembly and with other institutions.

“Once this happens, I am sure other matters that have to do with the conditions of service, arrears and other entitlements due to the staff of the National Assembly [will be resolved]. I think we have taken the right step to ensure that the welfare of our staff is being taken care of. I hope that, as soon as possible, we will be able to consider it and take the position.”

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