Ogun Assembly Workers Join Nationwide Strike, Advocate Implementation Of Legislative Autonomy

Workers under the aegis of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter have joined other State Houses of Assembly nationwide to embark on an indefinite strike in the clamour for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State Legislatures.

The Chairman of the State Chapter, Comrade Ojediran Ayotunde who led other executives to address the emergency congress held this morning at the entrance of the Assembly, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta noted that the action was in strict compliance with the directive of the National Secretariat.

According to Ojediran, "For us in Ogun State, this strike was cumulatively targeted at ensuring Financial autonomy for State Legislatures nationwide, compliance with Section 10(2), 13 & 14 of the Statutory Offices (State Emoluments) Amendment Law, 2018; and the State Assembly Service Commission Law, 2018, likewise the payment of additional 40% Peculiar Allowance to legislative staff"

"Clearly the non-compliance with the Laws has resulted into the non-payment of due salaries and allowances to the three bureaucratic staff of the Legislature. As it stands today, the Clerk of the House, his Deputy, and the Executive Secretary of the Commission are still being paid the salaries of Directors as against what is spelled out by the extant Laws. 

"In the previous week, we have communicated this position of ours to the State Government in follow up to the laudable efforts of Leadership of the House, the House of Assembly Service Commission, and respected elders of thoughts. Some months ago, the National Delegate Congress of our Union held it meeting in Abuja, and a communique was issued and served to the State with copies sent to necessary stakeholders on the non-payment of the officials' due salaries, how long shall we continue with this illegality in Ogun State? 

Speaking on the exclusion of the staffers of the State Legislature from the 40% peculiar allowance paid to civil servants in the State commencing from August, 2023, Ojediran said "it is disheartening that as much as we are affected by the adverse effect of the removal of fuel subsidy, such should be extended to members of staff in the House of Assembly and House of Assembly Service Commission. We are seriously affected by the hike in the price of petrol and market commodities.

We are optimistic that Governor Abiodun will do the needful to immediately attend to our demands within record time", the Chairman concluded.

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