Financial Autonomy: PASAN shuts down Nasarawa Assembly

Protesting PASAN members at Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Lafia

By Janet John

The Nasarawa state House of Assembly has been shut down by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), following the nationwide indefinite strike embarked on by the National Body.

Members of the state chapter of PASAN, stormed the state assembly in Lafia, Tuesday, carrying placards with different inscriptions such as; No autonomy, no work, justice delayed is justice denied, financial autonomy is non negotiable.

The Association also threatened to remain at the gate unitll the strike is called off.

Comrade Danlami Nuhu Iliyasu, the state Chairman of PASAN, who led his members to the Assembly, while addressing newsmen called on the 36 state governors to respect the Executive Order 10 signed by in order to implement the financial autonomy for state Houses of Assembly.

“We have respected and joined the strike as directed by PASAN national body. The gate of this Assembly will remain closed until we receive another directive from our national body.

“As long as we did not receive any further directives from the National body, the gate will remain closed.

“Financial autonomy is constitutional and we want to appeal to governors to respect Executive Order 10 on financial autonomy as signed by ,” he said.

The National Treasurer of the association, Comrade Umar Yusuf Kasim, remarked that the indefinite strike embarked upon by members of the union in the state was a directive from PASAN national leadership.

” This strike is a nationwide strike called upon by our national leadership over non implementation of financial autonomy by governors.

” We want to appeal to governors to implement the financial autonomy, Executive Order 10 for state Houses of Assembly, ” he said.

Comrade Kasim, gave the assurance that members of the association would be peaceful while the strike last.

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