Lawan begs National Assembly workers to call off strike

Lawan begs National Assembly workers to call off strike

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has appealed to striking workers of the National Assembly to end their industrial action and embrace dialogue for speedy resolution of the disputes.

Mr Lawan’s spokesman, Ola Awoniyi, revealed this in Abuja on Friday.

He noted that Lawan made the appeal at a meeting which he summoned to find a way out of the lingering issues between the workers and the management of the National Assembly.

Workers of the National Assembly under the aegis of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) had embarked on an indefinite strike from Monday June 6, to press home their demands for payment of some allowances.

“I want to urge you, whenever we disagree, let’s try to come and sit and talk about it because when we talk, we are able to find some common grounds and solutions,” the Senate President urged.

“I am very happy that we have been able to deal with this.”

In attendance at the meeting were the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi and the Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Sabi Abdullahi.

The NASS management was represented by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Ojo Olatunde, and Chairman, National Assembly Service Commission, Ahmed Amshi and some top officials of the National Assembly.

President of PASAN, Mohammed Usman, also led his other colleagues who are officials of PASAN.

After the two sides had narrated their positions on the disputes, Mr Lawan assured the workers that he would reach out to the relevant authorities that would facilitate the speedy resolution of the issues involved.

Mr Usman, in his final response, said he would communicate the outcome of the meeting to his other colleagues who are members of PASAN.

[NAN]

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