PASAN protests non- payment Of salaries In Delta


By Nosa Akenzua

Members of Staff of the Delta State House of Assembly, under the Parliamentary Staff Association Of Nigeria (PASAN), have continued with their protest over non payment of approved salaries and non funding of the clinic.

The workers are protesting over unpaid Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure ( CONLESS ) but it was gathered on a visit by our Correspondent to the House of Assembly on Wednesday that the workers, in their numbers, blocked the entrance, preventing the Speaker and other lawmakers from gaining access into the building for any form of legislative business.

The protesting legislative workers said they worked behind the scenes to keep the machinery of democracy running smoothly,yet found them embroiled in dire situation but speaking with the State Chairman of PASAN , Mr Emmanuel Edozie who said that they had a meeting with the leadership of the Assembly, disclosing that the meeting failed to meet their demands adding that the blockage of the entrance gate to the Assembly by the workers, was informed by the nonchalant act of those responsible to look after them as workers.

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He said:” The welfare of the workers should be paramount especially the clinic staff, they should be considered for full time employment, Some of which have served for several years as casual ” and however appealed to the workers to be patient with the government as hopefully by June salary, everything will be resolved as promised by the state governor, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori.

Meanwhile, for states in Nigeria to witness meaningful development and peace, incumbent governors and their predecessors must work in harmony. This harmony and cordial relationship between the two, is important for the purpose of reaping the abundant benefits of Continuity in governance.

This was the expressed by the Obi of Owa kingdom in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, His Royal Majesty, Dr Emmanuel Efeizormor 11, in an interview with Journalists in Asaba on Thursday

Obi Efeizormor said there has been reported cases of disharmony between some incumbent governors and their predecessors, stressing that such disharmony is inimical to growth and Continuity in governance. In such states, therefore,he said that bad blood have been generated between the incumbent governors and their predecessors in one hand and between them and their predecessors on another.

He added that “this is not good enough because, some of these incur governors fight dirty to the extent that such fights have negative effect on Continuity in government policies and programmes and at the end of which the people of such states suffer for it”. However, Obi Efeizormor said he was happy that the situation in Delta State under Governor Sheriff Oborevwori is not the same,as relationship between him and his predecessors, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is not only cordial but has helped in sustaining Continuity in governance

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