APC Reacts To Strike Action by NASS Workers
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the ongoing strike and shut down by the workers of the National Assembly under the Parliamentary Staff Association Of Nigeria.
The ruling party, in a statement on Monday, 17th December, signed by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, blamed the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the development.
Naija News recalls Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara were both members of the APC before recently defecting to the PDP.
The APC had insisted both NASS leaders resign their position upon defection or be forcefully removed but so far, status quo remains even as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections.
The full APC statement reads:
“The shameful development in the National Assembly which has seen parliamentary workers shutdown the legislative complex following the commencement of their four-day strike is a sad reminder of what Nigerians witnessed under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration.”
“The PDP’s 16-year rule was characterised by such incidences of unpaid salaries, ghost workers and a shocking disdain for workers’ welfare.”
“While the minority PDP usurpers who parade themselves as the National Assembly leadership have promptly paid themselves their allowances, National Assembly workers under the umbrella of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) are owed their duly earned 28 per cent increase in their salaries since 2010.”
“Perhaps, if the National Assembly leaders have focused on their core legislative business and operations rather than resort to subterfuge with the sole intent of undermining the APC government, the welfare of parliamentary workers would not have been taken for granted.”
“Nigerians will recall that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in one of its first actions as a government approved federal government bailouts to states to settle salaries owed workers. That is the stuff of people-centred governance which the APC represents. A worker deserves his wages!”
“We have now learnt that the parliamentary workers have blocked all entrances into the National Assembly complex and cut off essential services like power and water supply; effectively crippling any form of activity within the premises.”
“The APC calls on the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to do the needful by attending to the demands of the parliamentary workers.”
“The welfare of workers is a cardinal policy of the APC administration. We, therefore, call on the PDP led National Assembly to save the country this national embarrassment.”