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Picketing National Assembly Is An Offence Punishable By Law, House Of Reps Spokesman Warns PASAN

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Picketing National Assembly Is An Offence Punishable By Law, House Of Reps Spokesman Warns PASAN

The spokesman of the house of representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas, has said that stopping lawmakers from gaining access into the national assembly is against the law.

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

He said, “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, however, said that the lawmakers would not take up the issue as they will “temper 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 the matter was settled.

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

They blocked the entrances to both chambers, sending back Legislators, insisting that the lawmakers will not hold their usual sittings until they are paid their entitlements.

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