National Assembly staff under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Tuesday shut down the National Assembly over poor condition of service.
They are protesting over unpaid salaries, allowances and promotion arrears.
The staff who occupied the National Assembly lobby, preventing lawmakers including the Senate President Bukola Saraki, his Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu from entering the chambers, insisted that there would be no sitting until their demands are met.
They carried placards of various inscription some of which read: ‘Pass our Condition of Service, Senate President, Speaker’, ‘Conless is not tied to 2018 budget’, ‘Bank loans are killing’, ‘Stop Omolori now before he stops Nigeria democracy’, ’19 years bondage on salary arrears’ among others.
They are also calling on the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, whose terminal leave ought to have commenced since November, to immediately quit the service.
The workers at the weekend had issued a communique after its meeting at the weekend and gave the National Assembly management a two- week ultimatum to pay all backlog of salaries and allowances or face industrial action.
According to the Association, it would picket the National Assembly as well as the National Assembly Service Commence from Tuesday, December 4 to Thursday, December 6, 2018 to press home their demands.
They threatened to commence an indefinite strike from December 14, 2018 if the National Assembly Management fails to meet their demands.
As of the time of filing this report, activities in both of the National Assembly have been grounded.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja
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