STAFF PROTEST NON-IMPLEMENTATION OF HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY AUTONOMY.
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on November 1, 2023
The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, Cross River State Chapter, has joined the association’s nationwide strike demanding for the financial autonomy of the State Houses of Assemblies.
The State Chairperson of the association, Florence Ibeku, said the association decided to embark on the strike until state governments begins implementation of the financial autonomy for State Houses of Assembly.
Ibeku who noted that financial autonomy will bring accountability to the State Houses of Assembly, added that it will also make for independence of the judiciary, the executive and the legislative arms.
Also speaking, the National Legal Adviser of PASAN, Lawrence Achuta, said the reason behind the nationwide strike is not to fight government but to ensure that the proper things are done.
Achuta who noted that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria granted autonomy to the legislature across the 36 states of the federation, stressed that the leaders of the country cannot pick and choose parts of the constitution to implement.
Recall that the government of former president Muhammadu Buhari had signed an Executive Order 10 for the financial autonomy of the State Houses of Assembly, which state governors took to court and never implemented.