The National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF) on Tuesday staged a protest against their unpaid allowances as the National Assembly resumed plenary.
The legislative aides staged the protest at the lobby of the Assembly complex from which the Senate and House of Representatives can be accessed.
The aggrieved aides yielded placards with inscriptions, ‘Lack is killing aides S.O.S’, ‘Omolori pay us our money’.
Speaking with journalists, the body’s President,Nyakari-Abasi Etuk lamented the non-payment of their allowances under the current leadership.
Etuk said they never had issues of payment of allowances under the last leadership of the Assembly.
He said, “Some of us they are owing us up to one point something million and these are funds we use to go on errands and other miscellaneous things. The last leadership of the national assembly paid us up to date.
“We are not talking about training, the issue of training is also there, we are supposed to have four trainings in a year. Ever since we started we have not had training. The training that we had was sponsored by the national assembly service commission. All we are asking for is our entitlements.
“We have tried we are calling on the leadership – so we are telling the world that they are owing us, they are taking us to the point where we have to address everybody. This is our plight this is our concern, we are telling everybody – today is the resumption date – most of the aides, some have died, some don’t have money to send their children to school.
“The leadership as a matter of urgency – we are calling on the leadership to ensure that our allowances, to ensure we collect our duty tour allowances.
“Every year, allocations and budget are given to the national assembly which captures the legislative aides. So all we are saying, all we are asking for is for them to pay us.”