Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Crisis hit National Assemby as Staff Threaten Showdown With Management

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Staff of the National Assembly under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has on Monday threatened to picket the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) over what they described as deliberate acts of injustice by the management and leadership against the staff.

In its communiqué issued shortly after its meeting in Abuja, PASAN told NASC to invoke its powers as stipulated in the National Assembly Service Act, 2014 and compel the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Mohammed Sani Omolori, to immediately release the letters of promotion, conversion, upgrading and proper placement to the beneficiaries.

The staff pointed out that the action of the CNA in returning Under Flying Seal (UFS) letters of promotion and upgrading among others to the NASC is a gross violation of the 1999 Constitution.

The Union expressed displeasure over the indefinite postponement of the 2017 promotion exercise, adding that the action portends danger to the progress and career development of its members.

The Union therefore, demanded the immediate commencement of the promotion exercise with a view to ensuring that the postponed examination is conducted within a month from yesterday.

They also demanded the immediate implementation of the consolidated legislative salary structure approved for staff of the National Assembly by the Senate and the House of Representatives in line with Section 6(9) and 19(1) of the National Assembly Service Act 2014.

The staff also urged both chambers of the National Assembly to suspend action on the Bill seeking to elongate the retirement age of officers of the National Assembly Service from 35 and 60 to 40 and 65.

They demanded detail of NASS budget, which, according to them, is shrouded in secrecy, remit all deduction including pension, taxes, national housing fund from staff salaries in line with extant laws without delay and implementation of existing welfare packages as contain in the condition of service, public service rules and the circular from government.

“In line with anti-corruption drive of the federal government, the Congress demands that the details of the NASS budget which is presently shrouded in secrecy should be made public for prudency, transparency and accountability in line with the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

“The National Assembly management should as a matter of urgency pay up all backlog of life insurance premium in compliance with the pension Act 2014, as amended,” the Union said.

PASAN also warned Senator Biodun Olujimi to tender in a letter addressed to the Union, with same published in two national dailies, an unreserved apology within 72 hours of the issuance of the communiqué for threat to life, harassment, intimidation and assault on members and also for disrupting its Congress.

“Against this backdrop therefore, the Congress of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) hereby issue a notice to the leadership and management of National Assembly and the National Assembly Service Commission of our resolve to picket the National Assembly and the National Assembly Service Commission premises over the above but not limited to the aforementioned grievances on Wednesday, 31st January and Thursday, 1st February, 2018, respectively,” they said.

The Permanent Secretary in charge of Information Department of National Assembly, Mr. Ishaku Adamu Dibal, who was called by our correspondent to respond to the allegations by the staff, said that he was not aware, adding that he has been in a meeting since morning.

 
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