OrderPaperToday – Legislative activities in some state assemblies across the country were disrupted as workers under the auspices of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike.
The action is to protest the non implementation of the Financial Autonomy Act of 2018 and Presidential Order 10 of 2020 which effectively granted financial autonomy to state legislatures.
PASAN National President, Comrade Usman Mohammed, had said that “the union having exhausted all attempts and channels aimed at asking for the implementation of the Financial Autonomy by the Federal Government after 21 days, 14 days and 7 days ultimatum at this juncture has no other option than to direct our members to embark on indefinite strike.”
Comrade Mohammed also noted that members of the association have run out of patience and can no longer withstand further delays to the implementation of the Financial Autonomy Act.
The Financial Autonomy Act mandates that the funds due to the State Legislature and Judiciary are to be paid directly to them and no longer through and from the State Governors.
President Buhari signed this bill into law in June 2018 and also issued an executive order (Presidential Order 10) in March 2020 mandating the Accountant-General of the Federation to deduct from source the amount due to State Legislatures and Judiciaries from the monthly allocation given to each state for states that refuse to grant such autonomy.
Recall that PASAN had previously given State Governors a one week ultimatum on March 10 to implement the Financial Autonomy Act of the State Legislature and Judiciary while accusing State Houses of Assembly Speakers of conniving with Governors to subvert the law.
Reporting by Chinonso Kenneth