Abuja - Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and their deputies currently have over 400 aides.
Saraki alone controlled over 112 aides, Dogara about 170, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu 60 and Deputy Speaker Yusuf Suleiman Lasun 58.
The National Assembly management is facing difficulties in sourcing funds to pay them and has suggested to the officers to reduce their number.
The aides have not been paid their salaries since December 2015.
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.
- News 24