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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Ex-political aides demand payment from Delta govt

Ex-political aides demand payment from Delta govt

Ekiti State House of Assembly

The Forum of Past Political Aides, FPPA, to Delta State House of Assembly Members, has issued a stern warning to the state government and the Assembly regarding unpaid allowances.

The FPPA, representing the 5th, 6th, and 7th Assemblies, has threatened to take legal action if their furniture and severance allowances were not paid promptly.

In a letter dated June 6, 2024, addressed to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori and sent through their legal counsel, D.O. Jarikre and Associates, the FPPA expressed deep frustration with the government's repeated failure to address their numerous requests for payment.

They emphasised that, despite multiple correspondences, their allowances remain unpaid.

The legal team highlighted the FPPA's ongoing efforts to secure their entitlements and provided several documents to support their claims.

The letter asserts, "Our clients have informed us and provided several documents which we believe to be true, showing that they are the current executive of the Forum of Past Political Aides of the 5th, 6th, and 7th Assembly, Delta State House of Assembly."

According to the forum members, those who served during the 5th Assembly are yet to receive their furniture allowances, while aides from the 5th, 6th, and 7th Assemblies are still owed severance allowances.

The letter further revealed that several benefits and allowances due to the aides were not paid during their tenure.

D.O. Jarikre and Associates highlighted the forum’s efforts to resolve the issue, citing various letters sent since July 28, 2022.

“Despite appeals to the Delta State Government, including a recent one addressed to Governor Oborevwori, no payments have been received,” it stated.
The legal team noted that the Governor’s Chief of Staff advised the Forum to direct their request to the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, who also served in the 6th Assembly.
“However, there has been no response, even after a reminder sent on April 23, 2024,” it stated.

In a final demand, the legal team requested the payment of all outstanding allowances within 30 days from June 6, 2024.

The letter warned that failure to comply would result in the initiation of legal proceedings against the Delta State Government for breach of contract.

The aides’ appointment letters stated that they are entitled to 300 per cent of their Annual Basic Salary as a furniture allowance and the same amount as severance gratuity, payable upon the successful completion of their tenure or on a pro-rata basis after two years of service.

As the issue unfolds, the former aides stand firm in their demand for fair compensation, while the Delta State Government faces the possibility of legal action if the outstanding allowances are not paid within the stipulated time.

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