Financial autonomy: Parliamentary workers vow to continue strike

Members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) have vowed to continue with their ongoing industrial strike action except their demands are met and agreed upon with an MOU signed by all the Governors and Speakers of the 36 States of the federation.

Legislative activities in state Assemblies have been paralysed since the workers down tools on March 23.

In its position paper addressed to the minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, the Union listed five conditions, saying it would only call off the strike when the implementation of those conditions begin.

The position paper signed by Comrade Ikechukwu Alaribe, PASAN Ag. National Secretary listed the conditions, among others, to include, the full implementation of the financial autonomy for the state legislature and state judiciary.

Other conditions include the full compliance with Presidential Executive Order No. 10, 2020 by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the Implementation of financial Autonomy for the State and State Judiciary; states Assemblies service commissions must be established in each state of the Federation.

According to him, the decision to continue the strike was reached  after the enlarged National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union.

The NEC of the Union also demanded that all the 36 States must have the Funds Management Committee bill signed into law by the state Governors; that deductions should be made directly from the source to the House of Assemblies accounts.

He said further that “PASAN as a Union is in agreement with the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on the Implementation of Financial Autonomy for the State Legislature and State Judiciary.” – The Sun.

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