PASAN Protest Not Out of Place, We Will Continue to Support Workers’ Cause- Reps
The House of Representatives says it will continue to protect the interest of aggrieved members of staff of the National Assembly.
The spokesman of the House of Reps. Abdulrazak Namdas (APC-Adamawa) made this know at a news briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
“We are assuring members of staff here that we will continue to keep their interest at heart. People should be aware clearly, that the protest by the members of staff of the National Assembly is strictly not against the leadership of the National Assembly, that, I want you to know.”
“The National Assembly is structured in a way that the Senate controls their own funds, the House of Reps controls theirs, members of management control their own funds and it is headed by the CNA (Clark of the National Assembly).”
“Not even the Senate President or the Speaker of the House has access to the management funds.’’
He said that part of the grievances of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), was for the Assembly to consider a new condition of service for its members, promotion and payment of 28 per cent increment in members’ salary captured in the 2018 budget but yet to be released.
The legislator added that the Chairman, House Committee on Public Service Matters had laid the report on the matter on the floor of the green chambers and the house had summoned the Minister of Finance to appear before it to give explanations as to why the funds had not been released.
He noted that the green chamber was in support of the opinion that the management should have a new condition of service for NASS workers.
According to him, when that is done, it will attract the best brains to the institution to support the legislators function effectively.
He however urged the aggrieved members of staff to understand the condition and situation of the assembly, so that all parties would continue to work amicably.
NAN recalls that the union on Tuesday blocked the entrance to both chambers of the National Assembly, preventing lawmakers from sitting.
Namdas who said it was unlawful for the workers to prevent lawmakers from sitting under any circumstance, however said the house would not press charges. (NAN)