National Assembly Service Commission Lauds Oyo Assembly Over Financial Autonomy
The National Assembly Service Commission, NASC, has lauded the Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, OYHSC, for its readiness to adopt financial autonomy of the assembly employees.
Honourable Akeem Akamo, the commissioner representing Southwest in the National Assembly Service Commission; made this tribute on Monday morning while leading a delegation of the National Assembly Service Commission on an Official visit to Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
In the meeting with the Oyo House of Assembly Service Commission and Management Staff of the Oyo House of Assembly, the Commissioner said that the Oyo House of Assembly Commission is ahead of other states in readiness for the financial autonomy being clamoured for.
Explaining that the visit became crucial to enlighten the state and politicians on the necessity to empower the States’ Houses of Assembly Service Commission to conduct its constitutional functions independently and with ease.
He further noted that the National Body of the Commission has initiated a survey of the Schemes of Service of the National Assembly Service, which is going to aid smooth operations of the states’ houses of assembly.
In his words: “The establishment of State Assembly Service Commission is not only a constitutional matter, but also ensure effective development of the legislative service, which is the pivot of our democracy.
“The establishment of the State Assembly Commission will also ensure the creation of a crop of personnel that are dedicated, committed, loyal and highly professionalized for the service of the Legislature.
“The main responsibility of those who serve the Legislatures, as a whole, is to advise on Parliamentary procedures and practices.
“We are satisfied with the readiness of the Oyo State Assembly toward becoming financially reliant which is due in a term as all hands on deck to ensure it. We encourage them to operate the financial autonomy for ease of its functions.”
The Chairman of the Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Rt Abdulwasi Musa (PhD), made his statement, where he hinted that the state governor, Seyi Makinde has decided to permit the state House of Assembly and its Service Commission financial autonomy.
However, he said that the Nigeria Governors’ Forum is holding meetings with the Forum of Speakers of Houses of Assembly in the country to end the current industrial action by the Members of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN).
“Rt Hon Debo Ogundoyin and I met with his Excellency on the issue concerning the strike and I can assure you that we are working toward bringing back activities to State Assembly. You are aware it is not only Oyo State Assembly but Nationwide and very soon, they are resuming.”