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28.04.2021 news Protest in Abuja as N9.6bn Salary of Lawmakers’ Aides ‘Goes Missing’

Published 28th Apr, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

Legslative aides under the body ‘The Concerned National Assembly Legislative Aides’ on Wednesday protested at the National Assembly over unpaid salaries.

They are alleging that the N9.6 billion appropriated for the payment of their salaries is missing.

The group is demanding payment of 22 months unpaid salary arrears, minimum wage implementation, duty tour allowance, training and improved condition of service, according to Premium Times.

The protesting aides stormed the chambers of the National Assembly, insisting that they would not leave the premises until their allowances and arrears are paid.

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Zebis Kekung, a member of the group, said the two weeks given to Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, to resolve the impasse had elapsed.

On April 13, the same group had protested the non-payment of their salary arrears, the Speaker of the House addressing them during the protest and admitting that it was inexcusable to owe workers wages for 22 months. 

“We have it on good authority that these salary arrears were duly appropriated and released on the first line charge,” Kekung said.

“Unfortunately, what the management of the National Assembly is saying is that this money is no more there. What happened to the money that was released for this purpose? It is either this money has been embezzled or misappropriated.”

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Published 28th Apr, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

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