The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), Anambra chapter, on Thursday commenced an indefinite strike over non implementation of full legislative financial autonomy by the state government.

This is contained in a circular signed by the Chairman and the secretary of the association, Mr Abraham Okoye and Mr Ugochukwu Obiwulu, in Awka, Anambra.

The House had adjourned sitting until April 11, at the end of plenary on Tuesday.

NAN visit to the assembly complex revealed that no legislator or staff was seen around as usual, except security personnel.

Mrs Ifeoma Okoli, Anambra State Vice Chairman, PASAN, said the industrial action followed a directive and circular received from the national body of the association.

Okoli said the strike also followed the expiration of the ultimatum issued on March 6, over the full implementation of financial autonomy for state assemblies.

According to her, the implementation of the financial autonomy is in line with section 121 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

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“The Anambra State government has failed to implement the Memorandum of Understanding reached with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, through the Conference of Speakers.

“The state government is dragging its foot over the implementation of the legislative financial autonomy, in spite of receiving series of letters from both the state and national body of PASAN.

“This warranted the National secretariat of PASAN to direct all its members to embark on an indefinite industrial action with effect from Thursday, March 28,” she said.

PASAN suspended its three week nationwide indefinite strike to compel appropriate authorities to implement financial autonomy for state assemblies on November 2023.

The suspension came after an agreement reached between the Nigeria Governors Forum, Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly and the PASAN national executive on November, 2023.

Part of the agreement includes full implementation of financial autonomy of the state assemblies commencing from January, 2024 and full implementation of Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure.