Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PSAN) has accused governors of the 36 states of the federation of working against the actualisation financial autonomy for state legislatures. In a communiqué at the end of its meeting in Abuja, the association also accused Speakers of State Houses of Assembly of showing non-charlatan attitude to the actualisation of financial autonomy.
National President of the association, Comrade Mohammed Usman, who read the communiqué, said PSAN may be left with no other option than to fight for autonomy for state legislatures if nothing is done to implement the Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari on financial autonomy for state legislatures. Mohammed said they may be forced to shut down all the 36 States Houses of Assembly.
He said “It is unfortunate that after the issuance of Order 10, the governors are still relenting in implementing it. We believe that financial autonomy is what will give the legislators independent and strengthen the legislature and democracy. But it is unfortunate that the state governors are kicking an issue, which is contained in the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria. This same constitution brought them to power and so, we have been patiently waiting for the implementation of the autonomy. But up until this very moment, nothing has been done about it.
“We blame the Speakers Forum who have shown nonchalant attitude towards the realization of the financial autonomy. On our part as Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, we have looked at it vividly and decided to come up with our resolution. We will seek for independence by ourselves if Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly cannot do this. It is so unfortunate that we have to go this far. But I think this is just the best way to tackle these issues. We will fight for our independence, and if the needful is not done, we will take a step further.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kieran Tierney underwhelmed but Conor Coady was superb as Wolves beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates on Sunday night.
The game was off to a sordid start, as Raul Jimenez suffered a scary head injury after a collision with David Luiz in the 5th minute. The severity of the injury forced Raul Jimenez to be taken straight to a hospital while David Luiz was inexplicably allowed to continue.
The game then took time to ebbon before visitor broke the deadlock midway through the first half, as Pedro Neto scored from close range after Leander Dendoncker had slammed Adama Traore’s cross against the woodwork.
Mikel Arteta’s men, though, were back on level terms shortly after, with Gabriel Magalhaes finishing off a short corner routine when he converted Willian’s cross.
However, visitor were back in front heading into half-time, thanks to some fine work by Neto and Daniel Podence, who finished off the goal in style.
Arsenal had plenty of chances to come back on level terms in the second half, with skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spurning the clearest of the said opportunities.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has reacted to reports emerging in the media that it has called off its strike action against the government.
ASUU denied such reports that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Federal Government’s negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige. The team had reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances EA to university-based unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion. It was reported that ASUU had agreed to call off the strike. According to the report, the university teachers agreed to call off the strike after government pledged to pay N40 billion for Earned Allowances and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion. It was further reported that government agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.
The report also noted that ASUU was expected to report the agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government after which a date for the calling off of the strike would be announced. But ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike, stressing that at the meeting, it was only agreed that the union should convey the position of the government to their organs.
He said : “I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of strike.” However, a source in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said after the meeting, the Minister, Senator Ngige, who described the meeting as “fruitful,” added that government made a proposal to ASUU.
Ngige told reporters after the meeting that, “many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalization of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”
Friday’s meeting was about the seventh time both sides have met to resolve the issues in contention since the university union embarked on strike on March 23. After the meeting of last Friday, November 20, government agreed to exempt ASUU members who had not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and put them on the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS) pending when ASUU’S preferred payment platform- the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) will be approved.
ASUU had consistently rejected IPPIS, stressing that it will erode the autonomy of the university system.