NASS Staff Strike May Disrupt Buhari’s Budget Presentation

The ongoing 4-day warning strike by the staff of the National Assembly may disrupt President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation before the federal legislature Wednesday.

Buhari had last week requested the two chambers of the National Assembly to allow him to present the budget proposal December 19, a situation that is now threatened by the warning strike.

The National Assembly workers, under the platform of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), on Monday blocked all the entrances to the complex, keeping out legislators and top management staff as well as every other person.

They grounded all activities in the federal legislature building even as they halted power and water supplies to the building.

The management was also forced to have an emergency meeting outside the National Assembly yesterday, as some of the staff called for the resignation of the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Mohammed Sani-Omolori.

A fortnight ago, the PASAN members picketed the National Assembly, where they prevented the Senate and House of Representatives from sitting at plenary.

Following the impasse, the leadership of the two chambers headed by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara intervened but no definite solution was reached.

The management through Sani-Omolori, said the poor releases of the 2018 budget made it impossible for them to meet up with the payment of the agreed 28 percent increment.

According to him, it was unrealistic and non-feasible to pay without funding from the federation account.

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