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Delta Assembly Shutdown as PASAN Launches Indefinite Strike over Unpaid Salaries

In a bold move, the workers of the Delta State House of Assembly, united under the umbrella of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), have shut down the State House Assembly indefinitely. Their action comes in response to the non-payment of approved salaries and the lack of funding for crucial services such as the clinic, among other pressing concerns.

On Wednesday, the striking workers effectively halted all activities within the Assembly, barricading the entrance and denying access to the Speaker and other lawmakers. Their resolute stance serves as a powerful message that they will not tolerate further delays in receiving their rightful entitlements.

Expressing their disappointment, the workers highlighted the prolonged absence of payment for the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS), which has now lingered for three years without resolution. Additionally, they raised concerns regarding the regularization of casual staff, the training of employees, and various outstanding entitlements that have yet to be addressed.

During an enlarged meeting held on Tuesday, the workers voiced their frustration with what they perceive as deliberate stalling tactics to deprive them of their legitimate benefits. They firmly believe that such inaction demonstrates a lack of political will on the part of the Assembly’s leadership and the government at large.

Issuing a communique to the Speaker, which was also copied to directors, national Presidents of PASAN, the commissioner of police in Delta State, the Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Delta State, the state chairman of PASAN, Emmanuel Edozie, and secretary, Emmanuel Osubor, outlined their grievances.

Recalling a previous suspension of a strike action, which was scheduled for February 28 of this year, the workers noted that they had allowed for a grace period to enable the full implementation of financial autonomy and payment. However, despite the intervention of the Conference of Speakers and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the situation remains unchanged.

The workers expressed their disappointment that the two-week appeal granted by the speaker to a committee established by the Governor of Delta State, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, to devise a payment plan for CONLESS has now concluded without any significant progress. They view this delay as a deliberate attempt to deny them their rightful entitlements, indicating a lack of political will on the part of those responsible for payment.

Furthermore, the workers expressed their displeasure at the lack of attention given to other pressing matters raised during the March 28 meeting, including training, funding for the DTHA clinic, and the regularization of casual staff. Despite a two-month timeframe, these critical issues have yet to be addressed or acknowledged.

The communique concluded by stating that the workers have displayed immense patience and restraint, considering the challenging economic climate. However, their patience has now reached its limit, necessitating this decisive action to demand what is rightfully theirs.

As the strike continues, it remains uncertain how long the shutdown will last or what actions the Assembly’s leadership will take in response to the workers’ demands. The people of Delta State eagerly await a resolution to this impasse, hoping for a swift and fair resolution that will ensure the well-being and rights of the Assembly’s dedicated staff.

Efecha Gold
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