Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:34 am
About 400 aides of Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and their deputies have not been paid their salaries since December 2015.
And there are indications that the National Assembly management is facing difficulties in sourcing funds to pay them and has suggested to the officers to reduce their number.
The Daily Trust reported today that the National Assembly management has requested the presiding officers to reduce the number of their aides by at least 60 percent.
Sources said Saraki and Dogara have been requested to cut down the numbers to 25 each while Ekweremadu and Lasun should have 17 each.
The aides are in three categories – Special Advisers (SAs), Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants whose salaries range between N700, 000 to over a million naira each.
The special advisers earn about the same salaries as federal permanent secretaries while the others earn higher than directors in federal government establishments.
The National Assembly has meanwhile adjourned till 12 April for the Easter recess.