Nigerian lawmakers may have to look elsewhere for their meetings today as hundreds of staff of the National Assembly have shut the lawmakers, press and top management staff out of the compound to demand payment of their backlog of salaries and entitlements.
The angry workers stormed the National Assemble Tuesday morning singing war song and plethoral of placards bearing inscriptions such as ‘Omolori is a contractor’ ‘killing staff with poor condition of service’ and ‘constitute the National Assembly commission now.’
Sani Omolori, the clerk of the assembly is being accused of sundary misdemeanours and hostility to the workers.
The workers, under the umbrella of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, who were chanting songs blocked the entrance of both chambers of the National Assembly and vowed never to allow even a fly into the National Assemble until their demands are met.
Members of staff of the National Assembly, members of the press and other people had earlier been asked to return to their houses by security operatives blocking the gates of the National Assembly. Many who got to the National Assembly as early as 6.30am and top management staff and lawmakers were turned back.