National Assembly management demotes Saraki, Dogara aides

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– The National Assembly management has demoted more than half of the legislative aides of presiding officers 

– Those affected are aides of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and others

– The move is informed by the financial crunch the National Assembly is currently facing

The National Assembly management has demoted more than half of the legislative aides of presiding officers.

The decision to demote the aides was due to over bloated number of aides engaged by Saraki, Dogara, deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and deputy speaker, Yussuf Suleimon Lasun.

These are not smiling times for the leadership of the National Asssembly

These are not smiling times for the leadership of the National Asssembly

Earlier in the year, the National Assembly management had requested the presiding officers to reduce the number of their aides by at least 60 percent as part of cost cutting measures to meet its obligations.

The four presiding officers reportedly has 400 aides. Saraki – 112, Dogara – 170, Ekweremadu  – 60 and Lasun – 58.

The officers refused the management’s request to reduce the number of their aides, which made the recent decision inevitable according to sources in the National Assembly.

The demotion also affected almost all aides of federal lawmakers including those who were engaged by senators and House of Reps members.

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Findings revealed that a special adviser earns N1,040,000, senior special assistant earns N1 million, senior legislative aides earn N350,000, while the the lowest cadre legislative aide earn N200,000.

The development has shrunk the finances of the legislative aides as those who were collecting N1,040,000 before now earn N309, 000 monthly.

Speaking to our Daily Trust, one of the affected aides who spoke under the condition of anonymity , said his salary had  been slashed by 70 percent.

His words: “When we were appointed my salary was over N1 million but now I’m earning N300,000. The slash started in April when we were paid our four months outstanding salaries. We were not told the yardstick used and no memo was given to us in this regard.

“My worry is that despite this problem more aides are being engaged. In fact, from June to date over 20 new aides have been recruited by the presiding officers”.

But a source close to the National Assembly management justified the move, saying the refusal of the presiding officers to reduce their aides forced them (National Assembly management) to carry out the action.

“It is not true that their salaries were slashed by 70 percent, but if you say that they were demoted, you are correct. It is just a move to correct errors that have been on over the years. The aides are earning outrageous salaries and this is being corrected now,” he said.

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Meanwhile, contractors and suppliers are grumbling over the inability of the management of the National Assembly to liquidate their accumulated debts.

Last week, the federal government informed Nigerians that it will result to borrowing to fund the 2016 budget due to the declining price of oil in the international market.

Three weeks ago, Adeosun told the Nigerian Senate that Nigeria is technically in recession” after months of insisting that the economy was doing well.

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