Anambra assembly staff commence indefinite strike over poor pay, condition of service 


Members of staff of the Anambra State House of Assembly have embarked on an indefinite strike over non payment of sundry entitlements.

The staff under the platform of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) carried placards and banners during a peaceful protest to the assembly complex.

They also moved to the state secretariat chanting protest songs demanding for their entitlements.

The workers accused lawmakers of recruiting corps members to perform their duties instead of paying them.

Deputy National President of PASAN, Comrade Promise Chijioke Onwukwe who led the protest said: “We had embarked on this strike before but the Conference Of Speakers of the 36 state assemblies and the Governor’s Forum appealed to us that all our entitlements would be settled, but here in Anambra State, nothing has been done.”

The workers said they were protesting against lack of enhanced  salary called CONYRESS, staff training, laptops, ICT unit in the complex, utility vehicles, and also calling for employment of more staff.

“You go to collect or submit mails and you will be trekking from one office to the other under the sun, while those that you are working for are cruising in air-conditioned vehicles.

“It might not be far from the truth that Gov Charles Soludo may have provided all these things but they are no where to be found and this is unfortunate.

“Go round the complex, you will see that it has been over grown by grasses and staff kill all manner of reptiles, snakes and scorpions almost every week.

Reacting to the allegations, the Majority Leader of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Ikenna Ofodeme said the claims were untrue.

“It is only the Anambra State PASAN that is on strike and they are not on strike because their statutory payment are not being paid, hey are on strike because they are talking about their welfare which has to do with their allowances.

“Most of those staff are strictly under the office of the Head Of Service and they are posted to come and work with the state Assembly members.

“They are duty bound to listen to where they are posted. If they don’t want to work at the House of Assembly, they are free to go back to the Head of Service and not to come here to disrupt the activities of the House of Assembly,” he said.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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