Security Beefed Up At Nigeria’s National Assembly As Legislative Aides Protest Against Non-payment Of Allowances

National Assembly administration has tightened safety in and across the premises apparently to thwart a deliberate protest by some legislative aides on Monday morning. 

The aides, below the auspices of Salary Arrears Affected Legislative Aides (SAALA), had vowed to floor actions on the National Assembly starting from Monday, over alleged non-payment of their 2019 wage arrears and allowances to the tune of N3.1 billion.

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There is elevated presence of safety personnel, together with anti-riot and common policemen, Department of State Services (DSS) personnel and Sergeant-at-Arms within the complicated, The Nation studies. 

They have been seen manning varied entrances and exits within the complicated, whereas the doorways resulting in the lobby on the White House from the Senate and House of Representatives’ chambers haven’t solely been shut however being guarded by safety operatives.

The Chairman of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), Salisu Zuru, had disowned the group in a press release, describing their deliberate motion as unlawful.

But the aides, below the auspices of Salary Arrears Affected Legislative Aides (SAALA), in assertion signed by their Coordinator, Mr. Zebis Prince, and 5 different members, famous that the protest had turn out to be essential to press house their calls for.


The group affirmed that they have been being owed N3.1 billion, comprising N1.35 billion in wage arrears and N1.75 billion for consequential adjustment on minimal wage.

“We will picket the National Assembly Complex, as well as the venue of a training organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) billed for Monday, September 27, to press home our demand for better working conditions.” 

Over 1,300 aides have been nonetheless being owed wage arrears, and not one of the 2,345 legislative aides has acquired the consequential adjustment on minimal wage, since their appointments in June 2019, the group revealed.

They accused the Clerk to the National Assembly, Ojo Olatunde Amos, of disobeying a decision handed by the House of Representatives mandating him to pay the arrears.

“It is clear that Legislative Aides have exhausted their patience and in the coming weeks, starting from Monday, Sept. 27, Legislative Aides will embark on series of actions to drive home their demands.

“For starters, we shall ensure that the selective training planned for Monday by NILDS does not hold by mobilising our members to picket the venue.

“From Tuesday, we shall also picket the National Assembly complex to draw the world’s attention to the embarrassment going on in the nation’s premier law-making institution,” the assertion reads partially.


They listed full cost of wage arrears from June 2019, the implementation of consequential adjustment on minimal wage, restoration of Duty Tour Allowance (DTA), holistic and complete coaching for all cadres of legislative aides, amongst others as their calls for.

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Security Beefed Up At Nigeria's National Assembly As Legislative Aides Protest Against Non-payment Of Allowances

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