On Tuesday, Nigerian lawmakers found themselves locked out of their offices as the National Assembly complex was closed by officials of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in adherence to the nationwide industrial action.
As a demonstration against the assault on NLC President Comrade Joe Ajaero in Imo State, the National Assembly complex was effectively sealed off, preventing both human and vehicular movement.
Members of both Chambers, National Assembly staff, journalists, and others were denied access as entrances were firmly locked.
Despite heated arguments, Organised Labour officials eventually opened one of the gates for reporters, allowing a few to enter the complex.
However, both Chambers of the National Assembly remained closed, raising concerns about the possibility of plenary sessions being delayed.
An official from the Parliamentary Association of Nigeria, PASSAN, NASS Branch, informed reporters that the NLC’s directive for the ongoing strike action was being implemented at the National Assembly.
The NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) had instructed their members to initiate a nationwide strike in response to the assault on Ajaero, starting from midnight on Tuesday, November 14.
The Organised Labour emphasized that all affiliated unions of the TUC and NLC were directed to implement the resolutions of the joint National Executive Council, with TUC President Festus Osifo stating that the strike would persist until “governments at all levels wake up to their responsibility.”