Security operatives and workers of the National Assembly have barricaded all the entrances to the Assembly complex as the workers continue their four-day warning strike. Workers of the National Assembly under the umbrella body of PASAN began their warning strike on Monday December 17th to protest what they called poor working conditions.
The workers barricaded the Assembly gates, preventing any lawmaker from gaining access into the complex.
A statement by the Clerk to the National Assembly Mohammed Sani-Omolori on Tuesday morning said the leadership of the National Assembly has directed the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to ensure adequate security within the vicinity of the National Assembly from Tuesday morning to enable members and staff come in and perform their legitimate duties without any hinderance. The directive was passed after a meeting of the joint leadership of the two chambers with the management and representatives of the security agencies.
“The leadership of the National Assembly called the meeting because they know that almost all the issues raised by the striking workers were being addressed by the management. It was unanimously agreed that the management had made sufficient plans and efforts to address all the grievances of the workers and ensure their happiness.
“We were sure that the issues raised by the workers have been well attended to and that it is necessary for the business of the National Assembly to continue without any disturbance. Both chambers must hold their normal plenary tomorrow morning to prepare the ground for the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 to present the budget proposal to the joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“We have therefore mandated the security agencies to perform their duty of maintaining law and order in the National Assembly Complex and its surrounding. They must enforce the laws which allow the striking workers to down tools if they choose to and also the ones which restrain them from disturbing those who choose to work or stop parliamentarians from entering the chambers or their offices to do the work for which they were elected.
“Senators and members of the House of Representatives, their aides, other workers and people who have legitimate business within the National Assembly Complex are therefore advised to come in as they will be free to operate without any hinderance and molestation.
“If President Buhari is unable to present the budget proposal on Wednesday as scheduled Nigerians, should hold the security agencies responsible for failing in the performance of their duties”, the leadership of the federal legislature stated.