Colleges of education teachers threaten to go on strike, ask FG to act fast

Colleges of education teachers threaten to go on strike, ask FG to act fast

COEASU has said there would be disruption of academic activities in the colleges of education if their demands are not urgently met by the federal government

- Nuhu Ogirima, the union's president, said the government needed to act fast on their demands

- According to the union, the alleged persistent poor handling of staff welfare-related issues in most state colleges of education is unacceptable

The lecturers of federal colleges of education have threatened to embark on industrial action if the Nigerian government fails to accede to their various demands.

Premium Times reports that the lecturers under the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), warned that failure of the government to meet their demands would lead to disruption of academic activities in the colleges across the country.

Legit.ng gathered that the union said the demands were based on the understanding and agreement reached before the suspension of its industrial action in December 2018 after two months.

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The union made this known in a communiqué it issued at the end of its expanded national executive council meeting on September 10 and 11, in Lagos.

The communique which was jointly signed by the union's president, Nuhu Ogirima, and the general secretary, Taiwo Olayanju, decried the disposition of the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to the resolution of all the protracted issues.

According to the online medium, Ogirima exclusively said on Tuesday, September 17, that the agreement is long due and that the government need to act on it fast.

The union said it was expecting a meaningful rejigging of the system to ensure the resolution of all lingering issues in contention, following the re-appointment of the minister of education, Adamu Adamu.

The union urged the ministry and the NCCE to take the issues of the colleges seriously to avert the disruption of their calendar by a strike.

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The union also expressed dissatisfaction over the attempt to impose the application of the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS) on colleges of education, considering the peculiarities of tertiary institutions.

The academic body said it is not averse to policies adopted by the government to check corruption and leakages in the schools towards more cost-effective payroll management system.

The union also described alleged persistent poor handling of staff welfare-related issues in most state colleges of education "as utterly unacceptable."

"The pathetic situation is evident in the introduction of promotion criteria extraneous to the extant provisions of the conditions of service,” it added.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government failed to reach an agreement with labour unions on consequential adjustment on the N30,000 new minimum wage.

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