Parliamentary Staff Begins Strike

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Members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) are poised to embark on a nationwide strike starting tomorrow due to the non-implementation of the Financial Autonomy Act by state governors.

The seven-day strike notice, initially issued to the state governors, demanding full compliance with the Financial Autonomy Act, which was signed into law by former President Muhammad Buhari in March 2023, will expire tomorrow.

In March 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the bills concerning the Financial Autonomy of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary, two of the 35 constitution amendment bills transmitted by the National Assembly earlier that year.

Despite issuing ultimatums on September 18 and October 7, 2023, urging the governors to adhere to the Financial Autonomy Act, PASAN’s calls have gone unanswered. This prompted a seven-day notice on October 18, 2023.

In a strongly worded letter addressed to the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Chairman Forum of Speakers, and the Department of State Services (DSS), PASAN expressed its dissatisfaction with the governors’ reluctance to implement Financial Autonomy in state legislative houses, as stipulated in the constitution.

The letter, signed by Acting Secretary General, Agugbue Happiness, expressed disappointment over the repeated failure of the governors to meet the union’s demands for financial autonomy in state assemblies, despite numerous appeals.

As of Monday, October 23, 2023, no action had been taken by the state governors to implement the act.

A PASAN leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, conveyed, “We have reached a point of no return. We have taken every necessary step to avert another round of strike, but the governors have pushed us to this juncture. They still have approximately 48 hours to act. If they fail, we will have no choice but to declare a nationwide strike starting Wednesday.”

A letter addressed to Abia State governor, dated October 10, by PASAN President, Mohammed Usman, emphasised a reminder of “the series of letters the union had written in the past, culminating in the 21-day ultimatum issued on Monday, September 18, 2023, to initiate a national strike if financial autonomy is not implemented at the State Legislative Houses in accordance with the federation’s constitution. The same letter has been sent to the governors, speakers, and clerks of the 36 states’ houses of assembly.”

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