- The National Assembly has slashed the salaries of the aides appointed by both senators and House of Representatives members
- Some of the aides reportedly have between N500,000 to N1,000,000 reduced from their annual basic salaries
- Both Senators and House of Reps members reportedly appointed over 3,000 as legislative aides
The National Assembly has reduced the salaries and allowances of legislative appointees appointed by the lawmakers both in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The Nation reports that the appointment letters being issued to the aides numbering over 3,000, indicate a drastic reduction of about N500,000 to N1,000,000 from their annual basic salaries.
Giving an example, the newspaper reports that a legislative aide on Grade Level 13, who was issued a ‘Letter of Appointment’ on August 1 had N3.3million as his annual basic salary but a new ‘Letter of Appointment’ dated September 12 indicated that the salary of the same Grade Level is now N2.6 million per annum, showing a reduction of N700,000.00
Some of the appointees alleged that a substantial portion of the N125 billion allocated to the National Assembly, according to the 2019 budget, may have been used for other contracts including office refurbishment, insurance packages.
The aides who asked not to be named reported said that the National Assembly was also planning to buy new official vehicles for all the lawmakers who resumed in June.
In a similar development, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said the federal government had set up a presidential committee on salaries to review the wages of all political office holders in the country.
Ngige made this known when he played host to leaders of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees on Tuesday, October 15, in Abuja.
The labour minister explained that there was the need to review and streamline the wages and allowances given to political service holders, and the high wages earned by workers in certain government organisations.
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