By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Members of the Parliamentary Staff Association Of Nigeria, (PASAN) Oyo State Chapter has joined its counterparts in other states of the federation to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike over the non-implementation of Financial Autonomy by state governors in their respective states.
Speaking with journalists on the development after a brief meeting with members and executives of the body at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building in Ibadan, the Chairman of the association, Comrade Yemi Alade said the indefinite strike action followed the non-implementation of the Financial Autonomy by the state governors.
He said, “The development is imperative in order to press home our demand for the implementation of Financial Autonomy by the governors.”
According to him, members of the association in the state House of Assembly are to join other states in the action.
He stated that “Our members have directed to join the strike action.
“The order followed directives from the national body ably led by Comrade Usman Mohammed.”
Comrade Alade said President Muhammad Buhari had in 2018 assented to the Financial Autonomy for State Assemblies in the nation+ and even capped it up with Order 10 in May 2020, yet the state governors did not take any step to implement it, hence, the nationwide strike action.”
According to him, necessary notifications have been served to the state government, Speaker of the state House Assembly, the state police command and
+-the Chairman, House of Assembly Service Commission.
Speaking on the issue, the Chairman House Committee on Employment, Labour, Productivity and Pension in the state House of Assembly, Honourable Razak Mabaje described the strike action as a good step adding that it is one of the ways to achieve the objectives.
“The governors should explain to the whole world why they don’t want to implement the Financial Autonomy. There is the need for them to comply in order not to allow the strike action cause problems or deteriorate”
Hon. Mabaje who observed that the strike action will affect activities of the House of Assembly admonished PASAN members to carry out the exercise in modest manner and in line with the tenets of the rule of law.