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Legislative aides are protesting the non-payment of 22 months’ worth of wages

Legislative aides protested the National Assembly’s management’s failure to pay 22 months’ worth of arrears on Wednesday.

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The aides chanted that the National Assembly had refused to pay the arrears despite Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, promising that it would be resolved.

The aides staged a protest in the National Assembly lobby two weeks ago, and the Speaker addressed them, promising prompt payment of the money.

The aides have returned, according to Zebis Prince, who spoke with journalists, because the Speaker has been unable to resolve the matter.

He alleged that the money for the payment of the allowances was released in 2019.

“We have it on good authority that these salary arrears were duly appropriated and released on first-line charge.

“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.”

The aides say that the National Assembly Clerk, Olatunji Ojo, has refused to pay the allowances.

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