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Financial Autonomy: Nasarawa Assembly to shut down as PASAN commences strike

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), Nasarawa State chapter has hinted that the union would  join the proposed Monday 22, March, 2021 nationwide indefinite strike, due to the non implementation of financial autonomy for state assemblies.

The State Chairman of PASAN, Comrade Danlami Iliyasu, who  disclosed this on Saturday to newsmen in Lafia said the development will shut down the Nasarawa State House of Assembly beginning from Tuesday morning, 23 March, 2021 and all legislative activities, including committee work will be stopped till further notice.

“We are joining the strike fully, right from the gate and all offices of the House will be closed down and no one will be allowed in until our demands are met or any further directive from the national body, period,” he said.

The national body of PASAN had in a statement issued on 18 March, 2021 and signed by its National President, Comrade Usman Mohammed and Acting Secretary, Comrade Ikechukwu  Alaribe, revealed that the nationwide strike would commence on Monday 22 March, 2021.

The statement read: “Further to our recent letters of ultimatum on the non implementation of Financial Autonomy Act and Presidential order 10.2020, the National Executive Council of PASAN hereby directs the union to embark upon an indefinite Industrial strike action by midnight of Monday 22nd, March 2021.

“Accordingly, all official activities including committee meetings has been suspended. No chapter leadership should engage in any negotiation as all negotiation must be done centrally.”

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