Legislative aides under the auspices of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum have written to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission, Ahmed Amshi; and Clerk to the National Assembly, Amos Ojo.
The letter was to protest against their unpaid salaries.
The aides, in a letter dated December 13, 2020, also issued a 48-hour ultimatum, starting from Monday, to the management to clear the logjam of unpaid salaries, and failure to that they would protest in the premises.
The letter titled, ‘Continued Refusal to Pay Ninth Assembly Aides Salary Arrears,’ was copied to the Chairman, House Services (Senate and House); Sergeant-at-Arms, National Assembly; Divisional Police Officer, National Assembly Division; and the Department of State Services, National Assembly Division.
The petition has six signatures, each for the six geopolitical zones: South-South, North-Central, South-West, North-West, South-East and North-East.
The signatories also put their telephone numbers beside their signatures.
The fresh petition by the aides read in part, “We are by this letter issuing a 48-hour notice of our intention to commence series of actions to drive home our demands the payment of our 2019 salary arrears. Starting from Wednesday, 16th of December, 2020, we shall, among other steps, invoke Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to embark on peaceful gathering around the precincts of the National Assembly Complex.”