Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has assured the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) members that the 9th House is “working assiduously” to meet their demands.
In a meeting with the members of the association in his office in Abuja on Monday, the Speaker said the House under his leadership would do everything possible to ensure that parliamentary staff are happy.
He said: “We believe in the partnership and work between the House and PASAN. I believe this is our first engagement, and it will continue. Hopefully, after this meeting, we will all be able to chart a new course.
“It’s important that we start this relationship. I know of your association and I know of your commitment to the National Assembly. All the things you enumerated are about welfare.”
The Speaker said the leadership of the House had on different occasions discussed issues related to the welfare of the parliamentary staff and how to improve their working conditions. He also noted that the National Assembly and the country could not make progress without having the parliamentary staff in good working condition.
“Your role is very critical to us and the country. The leadership of the 9th National Assembly is sensitive to you and what you’ve been looking for.
“We’ve had over nine meetings of the leadership, and it was only once or twice that the issue of PASAN didn’t come up. So, we’re working assiduously to make sure that your demands are met,” he said.
The Speaker also promised to ensure that the issuer of staff salary arrears as raised by the National President of PASAN, Mohammed Usman under CONLESS as well as issues of befitting offices for the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) and the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) would be captured in the 2020 budget that is currently before the Legislature.