Reps sum­mon fi­nance min­is­ter over N/As­sem­bly protest

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Oz­ibo Oz­ibo

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day sum­moned the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Zainab Ahmed, over the re­cent protest by leg­isla­tive work­ers un­der the Par­lia­men­tary Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of the Na­tional As­sem­bly (PASAN).

Ac­cord­ing to the sum­mon, the Fi­nance Min­is­ter is to ap­pear be­fore the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee of the House to ex­plain why funds meant for the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the Ju­di­ciary were not re­leased as cap­tured in the 2018 bud­get.

Ris­ing from a mo­tion of ur­gent pub­lic im­por­tance to that ef­fect by the Chair­man, House Com­mit­tee on Rules and Busi­ness, Ed­ward Pwa­jok (APC, Plateau), the law­mak­ers noted with dis­may the dis­rup­tion of leg­isla­tive ac­tiv­i­ties by protest­ing work­ers on De­cem­ber 4, 2018.

“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 sub­mit­ted.

He de­scribed as un­for­tu­nate the par­tial im­ple­men­ta­tion of the bud­gets of the Leg­is­la­ture and the Ju­di­ciary, which are on “the first line of charge.”

Brief­ing news­men, House Spokesman, Ab­dul­razak Nam­das (APC, Adamawa) said the law­mak­ers sum­moned the fi­nance min­is­ter to ex­plain why the 28% salary in­crease be­ing de­manded by the work­ers was not re­leased de­spite be­ing cap­tured in the 2018 bud­get.

“On the con­tentious 28% salary in­cre­ment, we have sum­moned the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance to ex­plain why the money cap­tured in the 2018 bud­get has not been re­leased,” he said.

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