Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Reps. Yakubu Dogara have given the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori till Friday to resolve the labour crisis in the National Assembly.
Lawmakers were barred from accessing their chambers on Tuesday for plenary by protesting workers of the NASS. The workers under the aegis of the Parliamentary Support Association of Nigeria, PASAN, were protesting unpaid allowances, delayed promotions and non implementation of the Consolidated Salary Structure
A statement issued by Saraki’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Tuesday, disclosed that the leaders had directed the National Assembly Management Committee headed by the Clerk “to resolve all issues raised by protesting members of staff and report back to them by Friday.”
The statement further said, “The leadership of the National Assembly made it clear to the staff that the issues raised by them were previously unknown to the legislators, and that even if they were known to the Senate President and the Speaker, the leadership could do little to address them because they fall under the purview of the NASS Management.
“They added that the constitution of the National Assembly Service Commission which the workers demanded will be made before Friday.
Part of the workers demand is the implementation of the CONLESS system in the payment of their salaries and allowances, approval of new condition of service for the workers to which Sani-Omolori responded saying he had set up a committee made up of representatives of the management and the association to study, review and advise on the way forward.
On the non-release of some promotion letters, upgrading, conversion and other establishment matters, he said that 562 out of 589 letters of promotion, conversion and upgrading sent by NASC had been released to the beneficiaries adding that “the 27 pending ones had issues of promotion into non-existent vacancies, conversion of staff to other cadres in breach of extant guidelines approved by NASC, wrong effective dates of promotion and/or conversion, suspicious career progression records and questions concerning consultancy cadre.”