NASS VS Legislative Aides Arears;One Year Of Regorge and Disgorge Of Clerk To The National Assembly CNA, By EKUNDAYO MOMONI.

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It is exactly a year down the line when the new Clerk to the National Assembly CNA,Arc Amos Olatunde Ojo as he then was, promised to offset all areas of Legislative Aides of the National Assembly.

It was may be out of the euphoria of the new job and office,the public are still thrown into a long conjecture on this unfulfilled promises.

Knowing fully well that many of legislative aides were owed most of their allowances ranging from first 28 days,Duty Tour Allowance and Arears from June 2019, till date.

He tactically and cleverly offset the least of the arears by paying for the first 28 days across board and subjected the rest to appropriation from the Management of the National Assembly,What an administrator and his adminstrative lapses

Since then,it was one deliberation to the other,promises to another,at a point,it grew to threat and confrontations and now subject to appropriation from the National Assembly before payment of statutory Duty Tour Allowance DTA and salary arears..

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The whole issue became worrisome that the National Assembly that is charged with appropriation of both recurrent and capital expenditure in Nigeria could not appropriate funds to pay it’s staffers.

The issue degenerated that Management used divide and rule to approach to pro and anti management legislative aides ,What a pitiest way to fight a middle class that by error found themselves amidst well to do in the society.

It got to a point security agencies were deployed to NASS to harrass anti Management aides by the leadership and Management of the current 9th National Assembly.

The spirit of struggle of the comradeship and followership of the current legislative aides is sealed between the House of Representatives,Senate and Clerk to the National Assembly CNA.

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The National Assembly Service Commission NASC who claimed to be the sole employer of staffers of NASS appeared toothless with the claim that it was NASS Management that can determine the legitimate fate of National Assembly legislative aides.

As at the moment,the only news in the public domain is that the Clerk to the National Assembly has paid off all arears, salaries and allowances of legislative aides in the 9th Assembly including arears from June 2019, as the CNA confirmed in his interview in the National daily, sometimes ago without refutal.

It has gotten to a point that the legislative aides umbrella body NASSLAF has on several occasions disowned it’s own members and statement under the guise of playing to the gallery.

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Gradually ,the story of legitimate earnings of legislative aides is now construed into the dustbin of when “funds are available” while other appropriation are on the highest pedestal.

This is now clear that leadership at all levels are better off than the successful and succeeding ones, as it is obvious at the National Assembly both at Management and leadership level.

The December 15, 2020 promised by the CNA has come and gone and one year down the line December 15,2021,but the struggle for payment of salary arears and arears of allowances will continue to linger for ever,unless and untill it’s resolved.

But,it’s better at every level,that leaders should be known, addressed and identified with their words,as saying one thing today and doing the contrary isn’t a good precedence.

EKUNDAYO MOMONI WRITES FROM OGBOMOSHO,OYO STATE.




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