The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have directed the National Assembly Management Committee, headed by the clerk, Sani Omolori, to resolve all issues raised by protesting members of staff and report back to them on Friday.
Saraki’s special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday. Some legislative staff of the National Assembly had on Tuesday morning blocked entrances into the Senate and the House of Representatives chambers, preventing lawmakers from entering to hold plenaries.
They demanded the implementation of Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS), enforcement of promotion and training of staff. They vowed not to allow lawmakers hold plenaries until they receive notification of payment.
Saraki and Dogara, who addressed the meeting on behalf of the leadership of both chambers, said it is important for the workers to be well motivated and their demands properly addressed in order to create a conducive atmosphere for the legislature to perform its duties.
They also noted that the demands of the workers were part of the responsibilities of the National Assembly’s Management and that the grievances of the workers should not be allowed to linger.