Parliamentary staff condemn move to proscribe association

Parliamentary staff condemn move to proscribe association

- The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has expressed concerns over the proscription of the association by the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS)

- The association said it condemns in totality the suspension of its members NILDS

- According to PASAN, it will take legal action against NILDS should they fail to upturn their actions

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Members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Friday, November 20, condemned the move by the management of the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) to proscribe the association.

The association also condemned the suspension of her member from service by the institute.

In a communique signed by the chairman of the association, Muhammad Sanusi, and other members of the association, PASAN called for the immediate reversal of the "anti-labour" actions by NILDS.

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The association also threatened the institute with industrial action if their demands are not met in due time.

Parliamentary staff condemn move to proscribe association

The association's chairman said they patiently waited for the implementation of the autonomy. Photo credit: Chukwuma Eze
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The association's national executive council also said it appreciates the National Assembly leadership and the entire management staff of the complex led by the clerk, Amos Ojo, for their unflinching support to the upliftment of PASAN in Nigeria.

The communique said:

"That NEC also expressed her disappointment over the lukewarm attitudes of the speakers' forum over the governor’s joint suite at the court challenging the financial autonomy of the state legislature."

The PASAN also said that it is displeased with the delay in the implementation of financial autonomy of the state legislatures.

The association said it shall commence the process of industrial action immediately to ensure the implementation of financial autonomy of state legislatures across the country.

In addition, the association called for the implementation of the Unified Conditions of Service for Legislative Staff of the Federation and the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) at all levels.

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Further speaking on the issues, the chairman of the association said it is unfortunate that after the passage of the issuance of Order 10, the governors are still relenting to implement it.

Muhammad said the financial autonomy is what will give the legislators independence and strengthens the legislature and democracy.

He said:

"So, we have been patiently waiting for the implementation of the autonomy, but up until this very moment, nothing has been done about it."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of PASAN in Nasarawa state, Dauda Nuhu, had appealed to the state government to offer permanent jobs to the casual staff of the House of Assembly.

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The state's association chairman said it is important to note that the workers would be more committed if offered permanent and pensionable jobs.

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He also said as the leadership of the association, he would work with PASAN's executive officers and parliamentary management to boost the welfare of the assembly’s staff.

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Source: Legit Newspaper

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