Water Supply To National Assembly Cut Off

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria has halted the provision of water to the National Assembly in accordance with the ongoing indefinite strike organized by the labor unions.

Under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress, PASAN has temporarily ceased electricity and water distribution to the Senate and the House of Representatives buildings, as well as other facilities within the National Assembly premises.

Previously, the NLC and TUC set a deadline of May 31, 2024, for the implementation of a new minimum wage.

During a meeting on Tuesday, negotiations between the Federal Government and organized labor collapsed when the government and private sector representatives raised their wage offers to N60,000. Despite the government increasing its initial offer from N57,000 to N60,000, labor rejected the proposal.

In response, labor reduced its demand by N3,000 from the previous amount of N497,000, proposing a new figure of N494,000. However, subsequent discussions on Friday failed to yield an agreement, with the government maintaining its stance on the N60,000 offer.

Consequently, the NLC initiated a nationwide indefinite strike on Monday in protest against the government's refusal to raise the proposed minimum wage.

Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, criticized the government's handling of the negotiations, citing a lack of seriousness and respect for the demands of Nigerian workers and citizens. He noted the absence of governors and most ministers during the meeting, which he interpreted as the government's disregard for the negotiation process.

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