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News - June 13, 2017

Legislative aids protest death of colleague over delayed salary

Speaker of the House, Dr. Yakubu Dogara.

Legislative Aides to lawmakers on Tuesday stages a wide protest in the National Assembly over delays in payment of their salaries and allowances.

The protesters who carried placards and obituary pictures said they were protesting the death of a legislative aide to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Yusuff Lasun.

The protesters said that the aide, Hassan Abiodun died because he was unable to pay the sum of N165,000 as cost for surgery for appendicitis.

Dayo Faduba, one of the aids said that if the salary had not been delayed, the diseased would have afforded to pay the hospital dues.

He added that the late aide died when the appendix ruptured one day after the due date of his surgery and he eventually gave up on Friday June 9.

“We are here today with heavy hearts to mourn the untimely and unfortunate death of one of our colleagues, Hassan Abiodun (ltalo).

“Even as we mourn, we see clearly that his death MAY have been averted. He died while waiting for salary to operate his appendicitis.

The aides berated the management of the National Assembly for moving the payment account of the aides from a known national commercial bank to a “microfinance” bank “masquerading as a commercial bank”.

He said that since the management of the National Assembly started operating with Sun Trust Bank, payment had always been delayed.

“This delay in payment, which has been the hallmark of Alhaji Sani Omolori led administration, is occasioned partly by the CNA unilateral decision to domicile Aides salary account with a mushroom and unknown financial institution known as Sun Trust Bank.

“From all indications, it is manifest that Sun Trust Bank does not have the capacity and infrastructure to handle the volume of transaction the CNA has foisted on them.

“Indeed, we are convinced that the decision to domicile our salaries with Sun Trust Bank is motivated by ulterior motive aimed at bolstering the financial standing of the Micro Finance bank masquerading as a commercial institution.

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