House of Representatives Probes 17- Months’ Salary Arrears for Staffer


By: Ayeason Yeeba ( Reporter, House of Representative)

As Legislative staffer protest over 17 months’ salary, the leadership of the House of Representatives has called on staff to exercise restraints as  the claim is been looked into in consultation with appropriate agencies of government.

A press release issued by the Public Affairs Bureau of the house of Representatives noted, that the leadership is seriously concerned about situation affecting the well-being of staff but cautioned them to be civil in their agitation.

The release also quotes the leadership as saying, Legislative staff concern and approach in demand of salaries should be in keeping with civility not to undermine the dignity associated with the first branch of government.

The House leadership also maintained that it is the right of any citizen to advocate for perceived benefit due him but same must be done in the ambit of law to avoid the culture of violence.

In navigating a lasting solution to the staff demand, the chairman of the House committee on ways Means and Finance,Thomas Fallah, disclosed that the Leadership has mandated the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildred Sayon to invite the authority of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and Civil Service Agency to appear before the plenary on Thursday the 4th of February to provide insight on the claim made by the staff.

The release quotes Representative Thomas Fallah as saying, the 73 member House shall constitute itself into a committee to ascertain from government relevant authorities the magnitude and truthfulness of the staff 17 months’ salary claim in order to provide a lasting solution.