Workers threaten to shutdown NASS over unpaid salaries, stalled promotions

OrderPaperToday – The management of the National Assembly (NASS) has confirmed a threat by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, (PASAN) to shutdown activities in the parliament until the salary areas and promotion of staff area addressed.

The resolution of the workers was reached during an emergency congress of PASAN on Thursday in Abuja  and signed by the Secretary General,  Suleiman Haruna.

The resolution issued the National Assembly a two weeks ultimatum to fulfill its demands or face a strike action.

The workers also called on “the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives should take urgent steps to nominate the would-be members of NASS Service Commission for appointment. That all pending staff promotions and conversion letters be released with arrears due and fully paid on or before Dec. 31st among other requests “

Reacting to the development, Mr. Emmanuel Agada, the Director of Information of the NASS confirmed to  OrderPaperNG that the management is aware of the threat by PASAN.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Agada said: “I am aware of such communique but you are aware that the commission which is responsible for such mandate is not in place and if you don’t have commission in place the issue of appointments and promotions can’t be done.

“It is their statutory right but there are putting pressure on the management. Mind you, promotion is not only when you are due but when money is available and vacancy to occupy such offices. Some of those promotions have issues but management is making efforts to resolve them.

“I would like to also inform you that the Clerk of the National Assembly is very concerned about what is happening. Not too long ago he addressed PASAN in one of their congress where he explained to them some of these issues.”

The Director of Information also blamed the non payment of staff salary areas on the federal executive whom he said are responsible of poor releases of funds.

“The 2018 budget poor releases is one of the reasons why salary has not been paid because everything was factored into the 2018 budget and releases have not been made and the truth is management can not produce money to give them”, he explained.

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