Activities at NASS grounded as union begins strike, shuts complex


By Okechukwu Jombo

Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has embarked on an indefinite strike, demanding full implementation of their revised condition of service.

To press home their demands the Union shut the gates to the entrance of the National Assembly complex thereby denying workers access to their offices.

As early as 7 am members of the Union were seen in different attires within the complex stopping workers and visitors to the building from entering and singing songs of solidarity

PASAN had in May 2020 written to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, appealing to them to wade into a brewing crisis occasioned by an alleged plot to stop the implementation of the revised condition of service for members.

However, a member of PASAN EXCO who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the lawmakers are yet to implement the service condition.

He said members of the group have decided to shut down activities of the National Assembly until their needs are met.

He said, “The two chapters, National Assembly Commission and the National Assembly chapter have unanimously agreed that we will be going on an indefinite strike because we have a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, that was signed but the management has refused to implement the agreement

“The MoU was signed on March 21, 2020, but to date, nothing has been implemented.

“There was an act on consequential adjustment on minimum wage, the Federal Government has released fund for that but till date, the National Assembly Service is being owed the arrears of that minimum wage”.

The National Assembly Commission office in Utako, the facility was under lock and key as officials were sighted wandering within the area.