Nationwide Strike: Lawmakers Locked Out As NLC Shutdown National Assembly (Photos)

Nationwide Strike: Lawmakers Locked Out As NLC Shutdown National Assembly (Photos)

Nigerian lawmakers were locked out of their offices on Tuesday following the closure of the National Assembly complex by officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in compliance with the nationwide industrial action.

In protest of the attack on its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, in Imo State, human and vehicular movements were prevented from entering the Complex.

Members of the two Chambers and the Staff of the National Assembly, journalists and others were locked out as the entrances into the Complex were locked.

However, after hot arguments, the officials of Organised Labour opened one of the gates for reporters, during which few others struggled into the Complex.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, both Chambers of the National Assembly are yet to be opened, creating the fears that plenary may not hold for a while.

One of the officials of the Parliamentary Association of Nigeria, PASSAN, NASS Branch, told newsmen that the directive of the NLC on the ongoing strike action was being effected at NASS.

Recall that the NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) had directed its members to commence a nationwide strike over the assault on Ajaero, starting from midnight, Tuesday, November 14.

The Organised Labour said all affiliate unions of the two labour centres had been directed to implement the resolutions of the joint National Executive Council of TUC and NLC.

President of TUC, Festus Osifo, who addressed reporters on Monday in Abuja, said the strike would remain until “governments at all levels wake up to their responsibility.”

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