By Danjuma Joseph Lafia
The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), has threatened to shut down all states in Nigeria, if the financial autonomy of the state Houses of Assembly is not implemented.
Comrade Mohammmed Usman, the National President of the association made this known yesterday in Lafia, when he led other National officials of the association on a courtesy visit on the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi.
Comrade Usman said the implementation of the financial autonomy for the state Houses of Assembly would strengthening the institution, legislative duties of the state lawmakers and would ensure optimal productivity by staff.
” We are here to discuss some issues with our members. First of the issues is the financial autonomy of the state Houses of assembly and the second issue is the establishment of the state Houses of Assembly Service Commission.
“As Parliamentarians our independent is paramount to us in order to enhance our productivity.
” Nasarawa State is our first point of visit due to its proximity to Abuja as we are going round across the 36 states of the federation.
” We will move to ensure that the state Houses of assembly financial autonomy is implemented, We have being patient for long over the delay in the implementation of the financial autonomy.
” If things are not done appropriately as provided by the law and our rights being denied,we will have no option than to shut down assemblies and the states as a whole,” he said.
The Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly , while responding appreciated the officials of the association for the visit.
The speaker who was represented by his deputy, Nehemiah Tsentse Dandaura, also said that the financial autonomy of the state legislators would boost productivity among the legislators and staff.
” I have heard all what you have said. The financial autonomy itself came from the presidency and we have given it our support and by God’s grace it will be implemented,” the speaker said.
The speaker who is the National Vice Chairman, North Central Nigeria Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures said if the financial autonomy is implemented it is for the good of all Nigerians and assured PASAN of his support.