From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) Jigawa chapter has yesterday commenced a nationwide strike over government’s failure to give financial autonomy for Assembly workers.
The members of the association whom sealed the entrance of Jigawa State House of Assembly said, the strike will continue indefinite till government respond to their demands.
Speaking to journalists, the PASAN chairman Jigawa state chapter, comrade Umar Kazaure, said the union embark on the indefinite strike following the elapsed of a 21-day ultimatum given to the federal government effective from January 27, 2021 for a full implementation of financial autonomy for the legislature.
He said their members has been patient for two years after president Muhammadu Buhari signed the financial autonomy, however, without implementation by state governors.
“Our association would continue with the indefinite strike until our demand that is the full implementations of financial autonomy was commence in the house”, he said.
According to him, part of the 21 days ultimatum is that if the government fails to address the demand, a nationwide strike shall see the shutting down of National Assembly, the National Assembly Service Commissions, all State Houses of Assembly, all State Houses of Assembly Service Commissions among others.
The Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy for State Judiciary and Legislature to ensure full implementation of financial autonomy in all the 36 state Houses of Assembly as provided in section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and in Executive Order 10.
He then urged their members to remain at home till when government fulfil their demands.