PROTESTING WORKERS SHUT DOWN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OVER UNPAID SALARY AND ALLOWANCES

Legislative activity at National Assembly in Abuja today was brought  to a halt as  staff members protest illegal deductions of pension fund  from their salaries, fraudulent housing scheme and non-payment of  allowances.

The workers who converged at the lobby of the complex in their  thousands with placards prevented senators and members of the  House of  Representatives from gaining entry into the chambers.     Some of the  inscription in their placards read : “Stop deduction of pension from our salary”,

N10,000 Owners Occupier Housing is fraudulent”, “Pay us our allowances”.

The protesters vowed to continue with their protests until their demands are met.

Armed  security operatives tried to disperse the workers several times but the  protesters resisted  as they kept chanting anti- government  slogans.               It took the timely intervention of the Senate  President, David Mark who came to address the workers to calm the  agitated workers.

Mr. Mark  promised   that all their grievances  would be addressed as he appealed to them to sheath their sword and  embrace dialogue in resolving crisis.

It would  be recalled that the management of National Assembly deducted N10,000  monthly from the salary of the  staff for Owner-Occupier Housing Scheme  which the staff has described as fraudulent .

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