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Picketing n’assembly is punishable by law, reps spokesman warns aggrieved workers

Picketing n’assembly is punishable by law, reps spokesman warns aggrieved workers
December 06
17:37 2018
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Abdulrazak Namdas, spokesman of the house of representatives, says it is against the law for anyone or group of people to stop lawmakers from gaining access into  the national assembly.

Namdas said this on Thursday while briefing reporters on steps to tackle the industrial dispute with parliamentary workers.

“It is an offence to picket the national assembly. Nobody is against the interests of the protesting workers but I can tell you that it is against the law for anyone or group to prevent lawmakers from gaining access into any of the chambers,” he said.

Asked if the lawmakers would take up the issue, he said: “No, we will tamper justice with mercy. But it is important to know the provisions of the law in order to guard against future occurrences.”

He said the protest was not against the lawmakers but the management of the assembly, adding that both chambers of the house are doing everything possible to ensure that peace reigns.

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) had on Tuesday, protested the non-payment of their outstanding salaries and allowances.

The workers took over the lobby from which the lower and upper legislative chambers could be accessed, thereby disrupting plenary and other legislative activities.

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