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National Assembly Workers Protest Over Unpaid Salaries
Protesters at National Assembly Denies Ekweremadu Entry into Chamber
Workers of the National Assembly on Tuesday December 4 staged a protest over unpaid salaries and workers promotion.
The workers bearing placards with inscription: ‘no pay, no sitting’, blocked the entrance to the legislative chambers of the assembly.
Some of the workers claimed that they are owed salaries from 2010, adding that funds meant for training had been diverted.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was also prevented from going into the Senate chamber or addressing them as they continued their chant.
According to the management of the National Assembly, all the issues raised by the workers are being addressed.
In a letter signed by the clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the management promised to engage the workers on all the issues they had raised.
“The management of the national assembly under my watch has established an open channel for interfacing with PASAN (Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria) to utilise this channel always and reciprocate this gesture,” the letter read.
He also denied the allegation that workers’ promotion letters are being withheld by the management, saying that they were merely investigating breaches to established guidelines for promotion, upgrading and conversion of officers.
He added that promotion to the next salary grade level and rank is a privilege for deserving staff who have fulfilled all conditions per cent.