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College of Education Suspends Strike for 60 Days


CEM REPORT | Striking lecturers in various colleges of education in the country has halted their three weeks long strike.

The lecturers under the aegis of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU), said it was suspending the strike for 60 days, for the federal government to implement agreed negotiations.

The union announced the suspension in a statement signed by COEASU President, Smart Olugbeko and General Secretary, Ahmed Bazza, on Friday in Abuja.

The statement notes that the decision to suspend the strike was taken at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja, to re-assess the status of issues leading to the three-week roll-over of the national strike.

The statement further noted that the enormous progress made at the ongoing renegotiation and the appreciable level of progress made towards the amendment of the Colleges of Education (COE) Establishment Act, which is paramount for the development of the COE system, facilitated the decision to suspend the strike.

“NEC resolved that the nationwide strike that started on June 10, be suspended for a cool-off period of 60 days.

“This is to give the government the opportunity to perfect the progress made so far into tangible achievements that are acceptable to the union.

”After which the NEC shall reconvene to re-assess the status of the issues and decide the way forward.”

Olugbeko, decried the high level of insecurity in the country, as evident by the increase in the spate of kidnapping, banditry, killings and other social vices.

“NEC, therefore, calls on governments at all levels to address the situation more proactively by beefing up security on all campuses.

“As the system is being reopened for teaching and learning, and across the nation in general.”

Recall a CEM report where the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU have declared a four-week warning strike to kick off on 14th June, 2022.

The strike was embanked on the basis of the federal government’s failure to release the N15billion revitalization fund approved for both Federal and State Colleges of Education despite its patience and entreaties.

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