Speaking the Nations Mind

Legislative aides lament discriminatory salary structure




The National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF) has demanded a uniform treatment of its members with those of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).

The forum argued that both categories of workforce were employees of the National Assembly Service Commission.

The chairman of the forum, Salisu Usman Zuru, made the demand during a courtesy call on the Chairman of the commission in Abuja, according to a statement by the forum’s Public Relations Officer, Abdul Lauya.

Zuru said that legislative aides were remunerated with 2010 Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) instead of the revised 2018 version being enjoyed by members of PASAN.

He urged the commission to take immediate steps to correct the anomaly.

Responding, the chairman of the commission, Engr. Ahmed Amshi, said legislative aides were employees of the commission and must not be treated otherwise.

In a related development, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Arc. Ojo Olatunde Amos, has assured the National Assembly legislative aides of payment of statutory entitlements as well as outstanding allowances owed some of its members.

Arc. Amos gave the assurance when he received the new Executive Committee of National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF) in his office, the statement said.

Earlier in his presentation, Zuru had listed some of the demands to include, outstanding salary arrears, early payment of monthly salary, payment of DTA, capacity building, early payment of severance packages, as well as implementation of the 2018 CONLESS for his members.

The clerk said while payment of the outstanding salary arrears would be effected before the end of this year, monthly salary will now be paid before the end of the month, beginning from this month.