By Raphael Ekpang
The management of the National Assembly has concluded plans to begin the payment of severance allowances to Legislative Aides that served lawmakers of the 8th National Assembly from today (Friday December 5th, 2019) Instant Africa News can authoritatively reports.
A very reliable source close to the management of the National Assembly who confirmed that to us said all the bottlenecks that hitherto hindered the payment have been resolved by the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Sani Omolori.
It will be recalled that the CNA after several efforts which involved series of meetings with various government agencies of the government, including the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Budget Office, Accountant General of the Federation and the leadership of the National Assembly secured all the needed approvals to pay the severance allowances.
However, nearly one month after 8th Assembly lawmakers received their severance allowances, those of their Aides remained unpaid.
Many of the Legislative Aides, especially those whose principals did not return or those whose jobs were not retained by their principals have been hanging around the National Assembly since the inauguration of the 9th Assembly in June in wait for their severance allowance.
Some of them who spoke to us recounted the hardship they faced as many of them have not been able to renew their rents or able to convey their properties back to their home states to settle down haven finished with their jobs in Abuja.