OrderPaperToday – The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has given state governors a one week ultimatum to implement Financial Autonomy of the Judiciary and legislative arms of government.
Speaking at a protest at the National Assembly to register their displeasure over the non-implementation of the said law on the financial autonomy for legislature, National President of PASAN, Comrade Mohammed Usman, accused speakers of state assemblies of connivance with governors of subverting an executive order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari two years ago.
He also said the state governments are yet to implement the minimum wages for their members.
Usman said PASAN will have no option than to shut down all State Houses of Assembly nationwide if financial autonomy is not implemented in line with the wishes of the people.
According to him, “the President last year signed Executive Order 10 demanding financial autonomy for State legislative houses, but governors of States in cahoot with Speakers were working against the financial autonomy.
“The union considers this action as great strides toward embedding democratic principles of separation of powers which in turn guarantees positive, progressive, effective and efficient checks and balances especially at the state level where the executive has continually arm twisted the legislature into total submission thereby negating the essence of separation of powers in a democracy.
“There’s need to see a robust legislature at the state level, the implementation of the legislative financial autonomy is pertinent. It is in consideration of the forgoing that PASAN wishes to express her unreserved disgust and dismay with the actions of some Nigerians and institutions particularly the Nigeria Governors Forum for aiming to not only discredit but to exterminate this democratic requisite through frustrating its implementation.
“The union has been magnanimous enough with the virtue of patience by allowing for ample time so the federal government through His Excellency’s Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy for States Judiciary and Legislature would ensure the implementation of the letter of the federal republic of Nigeria for over two years now.”
He continued: “Our members have ran out of patience and have resolved to forthwith put an end to condoning further delays to the implementation of the Financial Autonomy for States Houses of Assembly which in itself is a glaring breach of the Nigeria Constitution.
“Failure to do that, Union will have no other option than to direct all its members nationwide to embark on an indefinite strike action.”
President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan represented by the chairman Senate committee on Labour and productivity, Godiya Akwashiki (APC, Nasarawa) while assuring the protesting legislative workers, said their grievances would be resolved in earnest.
Parts of the issues raised by the legislative workers include welfare of the workers, implementation of the financial autonomy and minimum wage for their members at the state level.
Recall that PASAN had variously agitated on this autonomy issue.