Gombe State Assembly Shutdown by PASAN over Financial Autonomy
The Gombe State chapter of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has shut down the state House of Assembly in protest over the federal government’s failure to implement financial autonomy for state legislatures.
PASAN Shuts Down Gombe State Assembly, Demands Legislative Autonomy
Hundreds of PASAN members participated in the protest, holding placards with various slogans advocating for autonomy.
They emphasized that legislative autonomy is not a privilege but a right of the Assembly. Additionally, they expressed their solidarity through chants and songs.
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The state chairman of the association, Mohammed Dukku, stated that this measure was the only available option due to the Federal Government’s failure to comply with section 121 (3a) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which mandates legislative autonomy.
Dukku stated that the assembly would remain closed indefinitely, with all assembly staff required to stay at home.
PASAN Solidarity Protest Shuts Down Gombe State Assembly
The state secretary of PASAN, Aminu Aliyu, further explained that the closure of the state assembly aligns with the directives issued by the national body in response to the Federal Government’s failure to implement the financial autonomy bestowed upon the houses of assembly.
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A member of the union and a staff member of the Assembly, Solomon Livinus, said they support the strike, “even though negotiations are ongoing, but they would remain at home,” Livinus added.
The Gombe State PASAN strike is part of a nationwide strike by the association to demand financial autonomy for state legislatures. The strike has shut down the Gombe State House of Assembly indefinitely.