Former Legislative Aides in the 7th National Assembly, yesterday alleged that management of the legislative arm diverted the sum of N10.6billion Severance and Duty Tour Allowance, DTA which was reflected in the supplementary budget assented by President Muhammadu Buhari early December, 2014.
The former aides, who protested at NASS gate, having been disallowed to enter the complex by security agents, lamented non payment of their allowances despite repeated assurances from the management.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues under the aegis of 7th Senate Legislative Aides Forum, Alhaji Sule Bagudu said the fund allegedly diverted by the management, was meant for the former legislative aides.
“They (NASS) management has diverted this money to another project and that is why we are here for explanations.”
Bagudu, an indigene of Kebbi State, explained that arrears of allowances stood at N7.6billion but N10.6billion was approved, wondering that their principals in the 7th Assembly have been cleared of their allowances while they were yet to be paid.
“All our arrears cumulatively was N7.6billion, but we read in dailies that N10.6billion was appropriated in the supplementary budget while former Senators we worked with have been fully paid but they diverted our own,” he alleged.
The former aide accused some members of the executive of the forum of compromising their stand for not being available despite a circular detailing all members to be part of the protest.
“Some of our executive members have been compromised because they don’t pick calls, and they initiated circulars calling for this protest only for them to stay away,” he said.
Also speaking, another member of the forum, Mr. Afo Godwin said the fund which was appropriated as their allowance, was diverted to what they later learnt was a priority of NASS management.
He said, “My name is Mr. Afo Godwin representing the 7th National Assembly Legislative Aides and we are here to find out few things regarding payment of our DTA, severance and others which were reflected in the supplementary appropriation and which we were promised that it would be paid before Christmas.”
Godwin, who was the Head of Domestic Aides to former Senate President, David Mark, said there was no communication between NASS management and the forum while expressing anger at denying them of entering their former offices.
“You can see that we are here in our numbers, but they refused us entry despite explaining to them that we are here for peace”, he lamented.

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