The national Body of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has directed all state chapters of the Association to return to work.
PASAN National President, Mohammed Usman, gave the directive in a circular on Monday, November 20 following a resolution to suspend the nationwide strike immediately.
Recall that PASAN had embarked on the strike since about four weeks ago to press home their demands which among other things include financial autonomy for state legislature.
According to the circular, the decision to suspend the nationwide industrial action was arrived at following some agreement reached by the leadership of PASAN with both the Speakers Conference of Nigeria and the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).
Parts of the agitations of the parliamentary staff which include the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS) for legislative staff has been agreed to be implemented within an agreed timeline.
Read circular below:
Following my earlier information to you on the decision of the NGF and the
Conference of Speakers, the following information is further given
The NGF conveyed their decision to the Conference of Speakers on our demands, and the ongoing Strike Action.
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SUSPENSION OF STRIKE ACTION
The Conference of Speakers, through its DG, thereafter wrote a Letter to us (herein) attached.
From the Letter fom Conference of Speakers, which conveys the minds of both the NGF and CoS, all our demands are being attended.
Note also the timelines incuded in the Letter, which seeks to have all
State Legislatures to have a functional Assembly Service Commission, a working Assembly Fund Management Law on or before the 22nd of
By this provision of the commitment from the NGF and CoS, all Chapters are to follow up on this to ensure this is achieved within the given timeline.
From the Letter of Commitments, the CONLESS is to commence from the Month of January, 2024.This means all States Legislatures must provide for this in their 2024 Appropriation Laws.
States that have already presented their Bu dgets should ensure such is amended to accommodate CONLESS, in case it wasn’t captured before the presentation.
The Letter of Commitments also grants PASAN the right to resume it’s Strike Action by 28th ofFebruary, 2024 if all these commitments from N GF and CoS are not fully implemented.
On the strength of the above, I hereby call on members of the Central
Working Committee (CWC) and National Executive Council (NEC) to suspend the ongoing Strike Action with immediate effect from 20th of November, 2023.
I hereby propose a CWC and NEC meetings soonest to take stock and appraise the strike action embarked upon by our union.
Comr. Mohammed Usman