Colleges of Education Embark on Strike

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    CEM REPORT | Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU have declared a four-week warning strike.

    This is according to a communique signed by its president, Dr. Smart Olugbeko and General Secretary, Dr. Ahmed Lawan Bazza, dated Friday, 10th June, 2022.

    The Union says it reached the position to embark on the strike from  Tuesday, 14th June, 2022,  at its National Executive Council, (NEC), held at Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, as a result of the federal government to constitute its own team and commence renegotiation of FGN-COEASU 2010 Agreement according to Vanguard report.

    The union added that the federal government had also failed to release the N15billion revitalization fund approved for both Federal and State Colleges of Education despite its patience and entreaties.

    “in spite of all entreaties of the union; Non-release of N15billion approved out of the N456,599,691,914.18Billion revitalization fund recommended for both Federal and State Colleges of Education contrary to repeated promises of the government and the non –implementation of 2014 Needs assessment report in colleges of education.”

    “Received with utter disappointment the continued inaction of government on the lingering issues in spite of the union’s lengthy perseverance and uncommon disposition towards alternative dispute resolution.”

    “It was considered more worrisome that the FG has failed to reciprocate the patience of COEASU which was underpinned by concern for the plight of the students and the system since December 5th 2018, when the last strike action was suspended.”

    The strike comes on the back of the union visiting the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

    Recall that CEM reported on the visit where the minister promised to look into the issue.

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