The workers have been on strike for seven months.
The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, John Clark, was whisked away by security agents in a private car for safety midday on Thursday.
Other lawmakers also deserted the Assembly Complex for fear of being attacked by protesting workers.
Plateau workers led by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, are protesting the non-resolution of workers grievances by the state government. Local Government workers in Plateau have been on strike for about seven months demanding the implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage. The NLC joined the strike on Tuesday, thereby bringing the state to total paralysis.
The 2013 budget presentation by the state governor, Jonah Jang, to the Assembly was earlier fixed for 11 a.m. on Thursday. The protesting workers, however, ensured that the presentation did not hold.
More security personnel have now been sent to the area. The situation has created a tense atmosphere and heavy traffic build-up in some parts of the state capital, Jos.
Meanwhile, NLC state officials are still at the entrance of the Assembly complex insisting that the budget will not be presented until the workers’ demands are met.
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Striking workers in Plateau State, Thursday, stopped the 2013 budget presentation by the Executive to the State House of Assembly.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, Tuesday, joined the striking Local Government workers in the state. The local government workers had been on strike for about 7 months demanding the full implementation of the N18, 000 minimum wage.
Reports also indicate that the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Barko, was manhandled by the protesting workers on Thursday morning.
Some protesters had, Tuesday, burnt the homes of three public officials including a commissioner during the protest.
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