The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASSAN), Akwa Ibom Chapter has vowed to stay on the indefinite strike until the Government hearken to their call and implement the financial autonomy law for State Assemblies passed recently.

Speaking to our reporter earlier today, the Chairman of PASSAN, Akwa Ibom Chapter, Cmd Etinwa Etim said they joined the nation wide strike since last week Tuesday, March 23, 2021 to lend their voices, demanding for the implementation of financial autonomy according to order 10 2020, signed by President Mohammadu Buhari.

“We gave the Government 21 days ultimatum and later 14 days ultimatum, still there was no response from Government. Then we went to National Assembly for a national protest where we shut down the National Assembly seeking for the full implementation of order 10 of Mr. President which empowers the implementation of the autonomy law.

“We decided to give the Government seven days ultimatum, still the Government did not give us any favourable reply.

“We will remain here by this gate till the Government from the centre hearken to our cry,” Cmd Etinwa Etim stressed.

PASSAN Akwa Ibom said several meetings have been convened on the same issue with no positive outcome yet.

PASSAN Chairman, Akwa Ibom went further to say that a committee was set up by Conference of Speakers’ on the issue and the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Professor Agboola Ibrahim Gambari had ordered Governors’ Forum and Minister of Labour to implement the law in all the states of the Federation within two weeks.

“But we will not rely on that until the Government sit on a round table with PASSAN at the national level and discuss the way forward for the implementation of the law or we will remain at this gate indefinitely.”

Also, the Social Secretary of Akwa Ibom PASSAN, Cmd Otuekong Denis Etim said they are optimistic that the Government will hearken to their call soon. He added that if the Government does not give them favourable response, they will stay on the strike action indefinitely.

It could be recalled that on May 23, 2020, President Buhari signed an Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 which made it mandatory that all states of the federation should include the allocations of both the Legislature and the Judiciary in the first-line charge of their budgets.

According to PASSAN, about 9 states including Lagos and Delta, out of 36 states of the Federation have implemented the Legislative, Judiciary financial autonomy.



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