Striking workers cut off power, water to National Assembly

Striking workers cut off power, water to National Assembly

Workers, under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, began their four-day warning strike on Monday, 17/12/18 crippling legislative and business activities at the National Assembly.

They blocked entrances to the complex and cut off power and water supplies to the building.

It was learnt that the National Assembly Service Commission chapter of PASAN also shut down the secretariat on Monday.

The workers threatened a much worse situation on Tuesday (today) when members of the Senate and House of Representatives will reconvene for plenary.

Workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said legislative activities would be crippled on Tuesday.

 “No sergeant-at-arms will carry the mace, they will carry it themselves,” one of them was heard saying this.

The workers in the early hours of Monday stormed the National Assembly complex and took charge of the gates. They initially prevented cars from gaining entry but later changed their minds. But they forced the occupants of the cars to open and close the gates themselves.

The notice read, “Sequel to our earlier notice of strike as contained in the communique dated 29th November, 2018, the congress of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, National Assembly chapter, unanimously resolved at its emergency congress held on December 14, 2018 to embark on a four-day warning strike commencing from December 17 to 20.

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