The Clerk to the National Assembly Olatunde Ojo, has constituted a nine-member committee to fashion out modalities for the implementation of the national minimum wage and other demands of the parliamentary staff in order to avert the proposed strike by the workers.
The National Assembly chapter of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria had last week issued a two-week strike notice to the management over their demands.
They demanded among others, the immediate implementation of the national minimum wage and other allowances, for their members.
The Special Adviser to the CNA on Media and Labour Matters, Austen Adesoro, in a statement issued on Sunday, said Ojo, while inaugurating the panel, said that the management would continue to make staff’s condition of service and welfare a matter of priority.
Ojo explained that the nine-member panel, chaired by the Secretary, Human Resources and Staff Development, Elder Felix Orunwese, was set up in order to attend to issues of welfare raised by the staff.
The statement quoted the CNA to have said that the National Assembly’s management would do all within its powers to ensure that staff get what is due to them on a proactive basis.
He stressed the need for dialogue as a pragmatic panacea to the situation on ground instead of agitations.
He noted that the management under his leadership, upon assumption of duty, had on its own volition and without threats, paid three separate allowances to staff, namely: leave bonus, legislative duty allowance and end of the year bonus.
He said that the management also ensured the prompt release of its promotion list.
The CNA said, “You will agree with me that this historic meeting is actually called to demonstrate our commitment and passionate desire to make your Condition of Service, a continuous priority.
“I want to say it loud and clear that we shall never rest on our desire to make all staff of the National Assembly very important always, because of the high value management places on you.
“This proactive dimension we have tailored out informed the Inauguration of the Committee on the Implementation of the Condition of Service which shall continuously be used within the National Assembly under our watch.”
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