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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