Oyo Assembly Workers Embark on Indefinite Strike Action, Seek Financial Autonomy

On Tuesday, workers at the Oyo State House of Assembly stormed and blocked the gates/entrances of the Assembly paralyzing activities at the Assembly and finally initiating an indefinite industrial action.

The workers under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria blocked the entrances to the Assembly and prevented members of the Assembly and visitors from entering the Assembly.

Sources said that the protest became crucial because of the denial of financial autonomy to the legislative arm of the government.

The workers asserted that denying the state Houses of Assembly financial autonomy is damaging to democratic processes.

The disgruntled workers wore red T-shirts and carried placards with various inscriptions such as “We say no to executive slavery”, “AGF implement order 10, 2020, give us financial Autonomy” “Enough is enough”.

Mr Yemi Alade, the Chairman, Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Oyo State House of Assembly chapter, in his statement said the union initiated the indefinite strike to seek the implementation of Executive order 10 signed by President Muhamadu Buhari last year.

He further added that for the nation to witness true democracy there must be financial autonomy for all arms of government.

He concluded by saying that that the strike would continue till their requests were granted.

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