NBGS assembly defends Ngor over pending members’ allowances  

NBGS assembly defends Ngor over pending members’ allowances  

Northern Bahr el Ghazal state Transitional Legislative Assembly trashed the petition by 34 state lawmakers summoning the area governor Tong Akeen Ngor to explain the fate of their pending recess and medical allowances.

The lawmakers petitioned the South Sudan Council of States, requesting Governor Ngor to appear in the Council of States and Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) and explain why they have not paid their recess and medical allowances.

The groups also urged the council to intervene on the matter to address what they called a breach of their rights and privileges in the state Assembly.

“The governor had failed to provide recess allowance to members of parliament for more than 2 years after serving sessions (1, 2, 3, and 4,” they partly noted.                 

However, the chairperson for information, communication, and postal services in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State Legislative Assembly, Garang Kuol Mabior, said the summon was unconstitutional.      

 “The petition which Hon. members addressed to the office of Rt. Hon. Speaker of the council of states is not a ripe, but it is a draft of conduct of business for NBGS,” Kuol partly noted.

 He added, “The amended conduct of business for 2022-24 has not yet been assented to by the speaker due to errors discovered by the Speaker when it was submitted by committee concern before August house after its amendment.”

The NBGS Assembly spokesperson further claimed that the amended conduct of business in the assembly is not assented to into law and that the petition is “unlawful.”

“The petition does not contain prayers, names of those who wrote a petition, or signatures of those who wrote a petition, even though the signatures of members or parties who seconded the petition are not written, therefore it is considered unlawful under to conduct of business under regulation(153)Sub-regulation (1)(11),” he stated.  

Kuol refuted that “the regulation 151 which talked of recess allowance is recently amended and is not assented to.”   

“Treatment allowance is entitled to the only members who are sick and should be presented or submit their referral document to the administration for further calculation to go for treatment,” he claimed, adding that in the petition letter non-members of the state legislative Assembly participate in the signing of names.