The National Assembly Service Commission has thrown weight behind the ongoing nationwide strike staged by the Members of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), aimed at achieving full implementation of financial autonomy of State Houses of Assembly.
The National Assembly Service Commission, through its delegation sent to Oyo state on Monday to declare support for the state House of Assembly Service Commission on its struggle for the legislative arm’s autonomy, said the national body of the commission has commenced a review of the schemes of service in the National Assembly Service, in bid to aide smooth operations of the states’ houses of assembly.
While addressing newsmen after the meeting held in Ibadan with the leadership of the Oyo state house of assembly service commission, the leader of the delegation, Honorable Akeem Akamo, explained that the visit became necessary to enlighten the state executives and politicians on the need to empower the states’ houses of assembly service commission to perform its constitutional functions independently and with ease.
When quizzed if the delegation is satisfied with the preparation of the Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission to get financial autonomy, Honorable Akamo expressed satisfaction with the readiness of the state house of Assembly Service Commission towards becoming financially reliant.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Honorable Abdulwasi Musa, hinted that the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has agreed to grant the state House of Assembly and its Service Commission financial autonomy.
He, however, noted that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum is in talks with the forum of speakers of houses of assembly in the country to call off the ongoing industrial action by the Members of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).