Legislative Workers Stand Up for Financial Autonomy
Guess what? The workers at the national and state assemblies are planning to shut down their workplaces starting from Wednesday, October 24. Why? Well, they want something called financial autonomy, which means they want more control over their own money.
These workers, who are part of a group called the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), are asking the 36 state governors to start giving the state assemblies more financial independence. They say it’s their right according to the 1999 Constitution.
The workers made sure their voices were heard by sending letters to some important people. They wrote to the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Chairman of the Forum of Speakers. In these letters, they explained their demands and why they think it’s so important.
Before sending the letters, the workers had already given a warning. They said that if the financial autonomy wasn’t implemented within 21 days, they would go on strike. But guess what? The governors didn’t take them seriously and ignored their warning.
So, the workers decided to extend their deadline by one more week. They hope that this extra time will give the governors a chance to meet their demands and avoid a strike.