NASS staff begin strike, may stall Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation

NASS staff begin strike, may stall Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation
Protesting National Assembly staff

The threat to prevent President Muhammadu Buhari from presenting the 2019 budget on Wednesday at the National Assembly has begun.

The staff of the National Assembly under the aegis of the  Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, has started their four day strike to protest the non-payment of their allowances and salaries.

With the strike which will last four days, the plan by the president to present the budget may not be possible.

Following the protest, the different gates leading in and out of the complex have been closed.

There has not been electricity and water supply to the complex as a result of the protest

The decision to embark on the strike was made known in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, after an emergency meeting it held on Friday.

PASAN stated that the warning strike would be between December 17 to 20.

The letter signed by the association’s chairman, Musa Muhammed, and Secretary, Sulaiman Haruna, reads in part:  “Notification of a 4 day warning strike

“Sequel to our earlier notice of strike action as contained in the communiqué dated 29th November 2018, the Congress of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), National Assembly chapter, unanimously resolved at its emergency congress held on 14th December, 2018, to embark on a 4-day warning strike commencing from Monday 17th to 20th December, 2018.

“By this notice, be kindly informed that the entire members of PASAN shall stay off their respective duties on the above mentioned dates.”