The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, Rivers State chapter, on Tuesday blocked the entrance of the state Assembly due to an indefinite strike action over the non implementation of financial authonomy by state legislatures.
In his remarks, the National President of PASAN, Usman Muhammed, represented by the Zonal Vice President of PASAN, Okeleke Luise, said the indefinite strike action is in line with the national directive to picket their various Houses of Assembly following the failure of the federal government to implement their demands as enshrined in the constitution.
He said the strike action is in response to the federal government’s unwillingness to implement the Financial Autonomy Act of 2018 and the Presidential Order 10 of 2020.
Meanwhile, in her solidarity speech, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Beatrice Itubo, advised members not to relent in the struggle for their rights .
Also speaking, the state chairman of PASAN, Comfort Otuene, said they have exhausted done all possible to persuade the federal government to implement the financial authonomy law, and that, after 21 days, 14 days and 7 days ultimatum, the union had no other option than to embark on the strike.
In a related development, the Rivers State House of Assembly has passed the State Public Procurement law amendment bill number 4 of 2008.
The bill was amended to allow for the payment of an advance of more than 30 percent of the contract sum as mobilization fee.
Leading the debate, the majority leader,, Martin Amaewhule, said that the amendment was in line with the current economic situation. Lawmakers who spoke during the debate supported the amendment of the bill.
Meanwhile, the speaker of the house said, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, in his submision said the move was necessary to facilitate the development of the state and its human capacity.