OrderPaperToday – Staff of the National Assembly under the aegis of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) might soon have cause to celebrate after the Senate adopted a report seeking to review and improve their conditions of service.

Last week, staff of the National Assembly blocked the entrance to the National Assembly chambers as they came out en masse to protest unpaid salaries and allowances owed since 2010.

The report on a new condition of service was prepared by the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service and presented by the Senator Emmanuel Paulker today in plenary.

Following the adoption of the report, the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, sympathised with the staff of the National Assembly who he said are not well paid but promised that they will enjoy a better lease of life with the implementation of the new and improved condition of service.

He however challenged them to increase their productivity “as to whom much is given, much is expected”.

According to the Senate Leader, “we should motivate those that work for us. I believe it is time to tell Nigerians the truth. The truth is that National Assembly is a place that requires dedicated people and these people must be paid in order for this to happen. I am happy we are looking into this. Let us ensure that those who work for us are properly paid, motivated and cared for.”

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his speech expressed the commitment of the leadership of the National Assembly to better working conditions for its staff.

He said: “We have undersigned. We have given our commitment that we always want an environment that is suitable for our staff and we won’t go back on our word.

“We have shown truly that the Senate is on the side of our staff and as such, we want to encourage that they always leave room for dialogue.”

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