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We’ll Soon Embark On Strike, Colleges of Education Lecturers Tell FG

LECTURERS in the nation’s Colleges of Education have threatened to  embark on another strike unless the Federal Government meets their demands. The Colleges of Education teachers under the aegis of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, in a letter to the Federal Government through the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, accused the government of reneging on agreements that led to the suspension of its strike four months ago.
L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal Abubakar Malami, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of State Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Heineken Lokpobiri and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen Udoma Udo Udoma during the federal Executive council (FEC) meeting held at the Council Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung and Minister of State Mines and Steels, Alhaji Bawa Bwari Chamber in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 7 2018.
The union, in the letter entitled,”Non-fulfilment of the Federal Government’s commitment on the lingering issues in contention: A call for urgent redress,” by its president, Nuhu Ogirima, insisted: “The union might be compelled to take appropriate necessary labour action to seek redress if the situation is not arrested immediately.”
Noting that it suspended its “industrial action on December 5, 2018, having accepted Federal Government’s offer to release N15 billion as palliative to cushion the effects of the decay in the infrastructure in colleges of education.”
FG orders crackdown on 66 illegal varsities, 68 Polytechnics, Monotechnics, others He said it was, however, “quite disheartening to note that more than four months after the resolutions, the status of the issues remains as they had been. “The union is compelled by the prevailing atmosphere of non-commitment of Federal Government to the fulfilment of the resolutions reached with the union on issues of industrial concern, relative to the colleges of education, to call for urgent redress.
“Please, recall that the union suspended her industrial action on December 5, 2018, having accepted FG’s offer to release the sum of N15bn as palliative intervention to cushion the effects of the decay in the infrastructure in public colleges of education. “This, along with the other resolutions reached at the meeting of the Rapid Response Team, chaired by the Permanent Secretary, on the payment of Peculiar Academic Allowance, PAA,  Dual Mode; implementation of CONTISS 15 on lower cadre; stalled renegotiation of 2010 COEASU-FGN Agreement; among others, informed the decision of the Union at the time.
  • “It is, however, quite disheartening to note that, more than four months after the resolutions, the status of the issues remains as they had been.”

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