Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Angry National Assembly Workers Shut Down Complex.





   The National Assembly was grounded yesterday as workers under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) protested against the non-payment of their salaries, allowances and promotion arrears.

   The workers took over the essential areas of the legislative complex including the entrances of the two chambers and the lobby, thereby denying access to senators and their House of Representatives counterparts.Chanting ‘No Alert, No Pay!’ they displayed placards with inscriptions such as ‘Bank Loans Are Killing’, ‘Stop Omolori Now Before He Stops Nigeria’s Democracy’ and ‘Nineteen Years Bondage On Salary Arrears’.
   In a statement at the weekend, PASAN had threatened it would picket the National Assembly and the National Assembly Service Commission before embarking on an indefinite strike on December 14.
   National Assembly Clerk Mohammed Sani-Omolori, however, described the workers’ action as uncalled for, saying the management was already processing the payments. He told journalists during the protest: “It is a matter that has been on for some time now and we have tried to explain to them.We approved salary increase for them. This was captured in the 2018 budget. But as it is today, it is common knowledge that the level of implementation of the 2018 budget, especially the new addition to the National Assembly, which has not been implemented…that is where we had hoped the addition would be paid.”omolori said.

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