There was drama on Wednesday at the Delta State House of Assembly Complex before plenary as Parliamentarian Staff Association Of Nigeria (PASAN) Delta State Chapter blocked the entrance to the hallowed chambers calling on lawmakers to allow the financial autonomy Bill before the house to reflect their yearnings and demands.
The union in their large number came out carrying various placards with different inscriptions such as, “DTHASC 2019 Budgetary Provision Is Grossly Inadequate, Staff Rejects Proposed Financial Autonomy Bill 2018, Move Our Health Pension Schemes From The Executive Now” registered their demands through the chapter chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Edozie.
Edozie said arising from the union’s emergency meeting held on 3rd December, 2018 at the press centre, Delta State House of Assembly, Asaba, the Congress resolved that they were displeased with the proposed Delta State House Assembly Financial Autonomy Bill of 2018 and recommended that the Delta State House of Assembly Commission was completely shut out of the proposed financial autonomy bill contrary to what obtains in the National Assembly.
He said the congress resolved also that the 2019 budgetary provisions for the commission is grossly inadequate for the commission to discharging her responsibilities to the staff of the commission.
Edozie pointed out that the personnel cost (salary payment) should be domiciled in the Delta State House of Assembly Service Commission.
The union demanded that the committee clerks/secretaries of the committees should be the accounting officers of the established standing committees account.
Edozie further requested that HASC law 2013 be amended alongside proposed financial autonomy bill 2018 while the health and pension schemes be removed from the executive as financial autonomy is 100%.
The Union chairman submitted that Congress resolved that the above mentioned must be captured in the proposed financial autonomy bill.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori who spoke through his representative, Chairman House Committee on Account and Appropriation Hon. Emeka Elekeokwuri, said the financial autonomy bill and 2019 appropriation bill are yet to be passed, assuring them that their yearnings will get appropriate attention.
Elekeokwuri who was accompanied by other lawmakers include Daniel Mayuku, Angela Nwaka, Shola Daibo and the House Clerk, Barr. Lyna Ochulor, lauded members of the union for their matured approach but advocated better approaches which include lobbying to achieve their biddings.
The Speaker however posited that the house is currently working on getting a befitting secretariat for the House of Assembly Service Commission (HASC) before next year comes to an end.