PASAN SUSPENDS STRIKE….URGES ABIA GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT CONDITIONS

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The Government of Abia State have been urged to to respect resolutions reached by the Nigeria Governors Forum and Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures which culminated in the suspension of the strike action embarked on by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria.

Briefing newsmen on the latest development, Comrade Sunday Kalu, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Abia State House of Assembly Chapter thanked staffers of the Abia State House of Assembly for the massive solidarity demonstrated through the period of the struggle for the Financial Autonomy, State Assembly Service Commission and the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS), adding that positives were derived from the resilience of the Union, following resolutions reached.

The PASAN Czar hinted that the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures and Nigeria Governors Forum noted that Financial Autonomy of State Legislatures is a Constitutional Matter and further in unison agreed for it’s full implementation come January, 2024.

Comrade Kalu said the NGF also requested the strike be called off so as to speed up the passage of the Laws which will catalyse the implementation of the demands which the PASAN graciously accepted, hence the suspension of the strike action.

News Admiral gathered the complete resolutions reached were as follows:

I. That a joint committee of the relevant stakeholders be set up to ensure compliance with the provision of the Constitution as amended on the he implementation of the Financial Autonomy for State Houses of Assembly;

II. For effective implementation of the Financial Autonomy, all instruments such as Disbursement Committee, House of Assembly Service Commission, Funds Management Bill, State Accounts and Allocation Committee (SAAC) etc must be enacted by each State House of Assembly and Assented to by respective State Governors on or before 22nd December, 2023;

III. Full implementation of the Financial Autonomy for State Houses of Assembly must commence in all the States on or before the 31st of January, 2024;

IV. Serious commitment to the implementation of Consolidated Legislative Salary Scale (CONLESS) must be demonstrated by inserting it’s financial implication in the 2024 budget across the States;

V. If any of the above conditions is not met by the 1st of February, 2024, PASAN shall have no other choice but to resume strike by 1st February, 2024.

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