- The House of Reps asks the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, to come and explain why funds meant for the National Assembly and the judiciary were not released as captured in the 2018 budget
- Edward Pwajok, the chairman of the House committee on rules and business, decries the disruption of legislative activities by protesting workers
- The House of Reps resolves to probe NASS workers’ protests, labour strikes
The minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, has been summoned by the House of Representatives over the recent protests by legislative workers under the Parliamentary Staff Association of the National Assembly (PASAN).
The lawmakers summoned the minister on Thursday, December 6, to come and explain why funds meant for the National Assembly and the Judiciary were not released as captured in the 2018 budget, Daily Trust.
The summons followed a motion by the chairman of the House committee on rules and business, Edward Pwajok, on urgent public importance, where the lawmaker decried the disruption of legislative activities by protesting workers.
“Note that the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) protested against the non-release of their benefits, including promotions and other entitlements.
“The non-release is as a result of the non-implementation of the 2018 Appropriation Act of the National Assembly,” Pwajork said.
Spokesman for the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, said the finance minister was summoned to explain why the 28 percent salary increase being demanded by the workers was not released despite being captured in the 2018 budget.
In a related report, the House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 5, made moves to probe the circumstances surrounding the protests by members of the parliamentary staff association of Nigeria leading to the picketing of the chambers.
The Punch reports that the lower chamber of the National Assembly wanted President Buhari to forward the new minimum wage bill, as jointly proposed to him, to the National Assembly for consideration.
Adopting a motion by Sani Zoro (APC, Jigawa state) at the plenary the lawmakers unanimously resolved to set up a joint ad hoc committee with the Senate to probe into the labour action.
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