The bravery exhibited by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, in the National Assembly on Tuesday forced the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to address protesters after about six hours.
The protest, which began at exactly 8am Tuesday by the National Assembly staff over the non-payment of allowances, successfully stopped Tuesday’s sitting as lawmakers of the upper and lower chambers were turned back.
Immediately the Senate President appeared for his address, the noise became tumultuous with chants of “no alert, no sitting”.
Saraki, in his address, said he and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have accepted responsibility for the non-payment of allowances and those issues that formed the grievances of the staffers.
He also promised that they would find money anywhere to pay the protesting parliamentary staff
Infuriated by what Saraki said, the protesters insisted that the upper and lower chambers would not be opened for sitting until they all got alert confirming payment.
Meanwhile, a female protester, who spoke under condition of anonymity, explained that the National Assembly management was in receipt of huge sums of money under the sub-heading that has to do with their allowances last week Thursday, stressing that it was on this basis that the protest would continue until they are paid.