The National Assembly leadership has charged security agencies especially the Police and the Directorate of State Securty, (DSS) to provide adequate security within the premises of the National Assembly from today morning to enable members and staff come in and perform their legitimate duties without any hinderance.
The Nass Leadership ordered the security agencies to provide security after a joint meeting of the of the Senator and House Representatives with the management and representatives of the security agencies.
Thd meeting was convened to look into the grievances and cause of the protests embarked upon by the staffs of the NASS, and to provide immediate and lasting solutions .The Clerk of the National Assembly led the the team that represented the workers ,while the Senate President and the Speaker of House led the legislators
At the end of the meeting , a statement was issued as follows :
And after listening to the CNA, it was unanimously agreed that the management had made sufficient plans and efforts to address all the grievances of the workers and ensure their happiness.
“We were sure that the issues raised by the workers have been well attended to and that it is necessary for the business of the National Assembly to continue without any disturbance. Both chambers must hold their normal plenary tomorrow morning to prepare the ground for the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 to present the budget proposal to the joint sitting of the Senate and the House of Representives.
“We have therefore mandated the security agencies to perform their duty of maintaining law and order in the National Assembly Complex and its surrounding. They must enforce the laws which allow the striking workers to down tools if they choose to and also the ones which restrain them from disturbing those who choose to work or stop parliamentarians from entering the chambers or their offices to do the work for which they were elected.
“Senators and members of the House of Representives, their aides, other workers and people who have legitimate business within the National Assembly Complex are therefore advised to come in as they will be free to operate without any hinderance and molestation.
“If the President Buhari is unable to present the budget proposal on Wednesday as scheduled Nigerians should hold the security agencies responsible for failing in their the performance of their duties”, the leadership of the federal legislature stated.