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.

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“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.

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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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