Withheld clothing entitlement running into seven years has forced the Taraba State House of Assembly’s staff to embark on an indefinite strike, Voice of America (VOA) Hausa is reporting.
The angry workers in their numbers trooped to the assembly entrance and prevented the members of the parliament from entering. They also threatened to disrupt any parliamentary activity until it settled their demands.
Bala Ibrahim Yusuf, Chairman of the National Association of Parliament staff, Taraba State chapter, told the global platform they have no other alternative than to stage a protest and embark on the strike. According to him, they had utilised all their steps, but there was no result.
“The staff have not been paid their annual office allowance for clothing for seven years,” he said. “We must buy clothes out of our salary. We need reforms”
Responding, Lois Emmanuel, spokesperson for the commissioner of information, called on the aggrieved staff to be patient. He assured them that the government will pay soon.
This is coming at a time when the Taraba State Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku had completed all preparations to present the 2023 budget to the house.