The National Assembly may have resumed for business after a long break, but legislative aides on Tuesday welcomed lawmakers back from their annual recess with a protest over alleged non-payment of salaries, Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) and other entitlements.
The protesters, numbering over 50, besieged the chambers’ lobby, carrying placards with different inscriptions and rendered solidarity songs.
While speaking, leader of the workers, Mr Nyakmo Etuk, alleged that they were owed two months’ salary arrears, and DTA since the beginning of the 8th Assembly in 2015.
Etuk further submitted that besides salary, every legislative aide was entitled to DTA, which had not been paid in the last three and a half years.
He lamented that every time the workers complained the management told them they were working on the matter.
Reports further suggested that while the protest was on, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, arrived at the complex and walked past the protesters, and headed to the chambers waving at them without a word.
Some minutes later, the Senator representing Borno South, Senator Ali Ndume, arrived and walked into the crowd of protesters, who started hailing him.