by AMOUR UDEMUDE
Delta State House of Assembly workers under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, yesterday locked out the Speaker of the state legislature, Peter Onwusanya and other members of the House over their welfare.
The Assembly workers had around 8am yesterday morning staged a mass protest against the House over what they called failure of the Assembly leadership to implement the terms of the January 19 Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed by the workers and the leadership of the Assembly concerning their welfare and other matters.
The protest which also disrupted all activities of the Assembly almost resulted to a bloody clash between the workers and over six truck loads of stern looking mobile police men stationed at the entrance of the Assembly complex preventing workers from gaining entry into the complex.
The placards carrying protesters however, vowed to continue with their protest pending when the issues at stake are resolved amicably.
All effort by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Baba Usman and the state factional chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, David Ofoeyeno, to broker peace between the workers and the leadership of the House did not yield any result.
Speaking to journalists, the Speaker stated that the House has fulfilled all the terms of the January 19 MoU, saying that the latest grievances of the workers were unknown adding that their action amounted to nothing but labour intimidation.
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