The National Assembly Commission has disclosed that it needs an additional N2bn yearly to meet up with the personal cost of staff of the National Assembly.
According to the Chairman of the commission, Ahmed Kadi Amshi, lack of funds had disenabled the commission to implement the new National Minimum Wage Act which he disclosed during a visit by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Service Matters yesterday in Abuja.
“One of the greatest challenges the commission is facing is paying the staff of the National Assembly in accordance with the new conditions of service which is the issue of minimum wage. We set up a committee to look at the implication of the minimum wage to the National Assembly.
“The calculation made to determine how personnel cost can be met arrived at a figure that would see the commission in need of additional N2bn every year on personnel cost if we’re to implement the minimum wage as per the law signed by the president,” he said.
He said state governors breached constitutional provisions by posting permanent secretaries as clerks of state assemblies, noting that the commission would stop such a practice for democracy to thrive in states.
Amshi applauded the committee for allocating a sum of N3bn to the commission in the 2021 budget for the construction of the commission’s headquarters. He assured the ground laying foundation would commence in June.
Meanwhile, the committee chairman, Sani Bala, had directed the commission to look into the case of those whose employments were terminated few months after their recruitment.
Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Sani Bala, had asked the commission to look into the case of those whose employments were terminated few months after their recruitment.