College of Education Lecturers to Begin Strike on Tuesday

Barely two weeks after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its strike, lecturers in the Colleges of Education are set to begin a nationwide strike on Tuesday.

This was stated in a letter served to the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike.

The letter was delivered by the General Secretary of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU) Mr. Nuhu Ogirima, who lamented that the Federal Government had failed to address issues raised by the union.

The union’s complaints are infrastructural decay, poor funding, non-implementation of the 2010 FG-COEASU Agreement, poor conditions of service, brain drain and illegal imposition of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

In the letter signed by the Union’s National President, Asagha Nkoro and the Gen. Sec Ogirima, the union accused the government of directing the National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE to impose the IPPIS on colleges without recourse to earlier meetings by parties.

It said, “While government held series of talks with the union leadership between September and December 2013, evidence abound that government does not wish to keep her side of the bargain in meeting the understanding reached at such meetings.

“This, without equivocation, is unacceptable to our union given the peculiar high nuisance and volatile nature of the colleges of education sector.

“More so, but for the constitution and inauguration of the Needs Assessment Committee, government merely paid lip services to all other issues, highlighted in our earlier correspondences”.

COEASU complained about discrimination against lecturers in colleges of education which includes refusal to fund the Peculiar and Responsibility Allowances as obtainable in Earned Allowances of the universities; refusal to implement the migration of lower cadres as obtainable in polytechnics; and non-accreditation of programmes of the colleges of education among others.

In compliance with the resolution of its Expanded National Executive Council Meeting, COEASU said its members had been directed to resume a full scale strike action suspended earlier this year, “unless and until government meets the demands”.

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