riversThere was drama at the old Government House in Port Harcourt, which serves as sitting venue for the Rivers State House of Assembly, yesterday after members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASSAN, disrupted deliberations of the legislature.
The workers were protesting the non-payment of their two-year salaries by the state government.
The lawmakers had reconvened after over a week adjournment, probably to enable them achieve the number of sitting days prescribed by law for a session in each legislative year before their tenure ends on May 30.
As soon as the lawmakers passed the Rivers State Outdoor and Signage Bill into law, after clearing the suspended out gone Care Caretaker Committee, CTC Chairman of Khana Local Government Area, Mr. Derick Mene of allegation of gross misconduct and financial misappropriation, the members of PASSAN stormed the building and disrupted the session.
The Press Department of the Assembly could not also record the proceedings as the workers put off the lighting system in the building.
Efforts by the Speaker, Hon. Otelemaba Dan-Amachree, to get the lawmakers to continue with deliberations failed as House Leader, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, advised that the sitting should be adjourned to avoid lynching.
This is not the first time PASSAN would disrupt sitting. The group had shut down the building in January this year when Governor Rotimi Amaechi was to present the 2015 Appropriation Bill to the Assembly.
PASSAN had been on strike in the state over unpaid allowances, which according to them, have spanned over two years.
Eighteen lawmakers were present at the sitting.

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