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Legislative staff threaten industrial action over financial autonomy

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The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria has threatened to lock up state houses of assembly across the country if their demand for financial autonomy is not met.

PASAN has been demanding that state governors implement financial autonomy for state assemblies in line with the 1999 Constitution.

The union had earlier issued a 21-day strike notice, which expired on October 18, 2023. However, the governors failed to implement the financial autonomy, prompting PASAN to extend the ultimatum by one week.

In a letter to the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Chairman of the Forum of Speakers, and the Department of State Services, PASAN Acting Secretary General Agugbue Ugochi Happiness said that the union was prepared to direct its members to embark on strike if their demands were not met.

We refer to our letters dated 18th September, 2023 and 7th of October, 2023 on 21 days ultimatum to embark on industrial action if financial autonomy is not implemented in the State Houses of Assembly nationwide by Wednesday October 18th 2023 and hereby inform you that the leadership of our great union has further extended the ultimatum by one week.

“We, therefore, hope that the extension would further avail ample opportunity to meet the demands of the union and avert the available industrial action.

“We hereby reiterate the union’s preparedness to direct the members to embark on the proposed strike action if its demands are not yielded to,” the letter partly read.

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