] We’ll begin strike immediately FG reopens schools,says COEASU

We’ll begin strike immediately FG reopens schools,says COEASU


ABUJA-As government prepares to reopen schools shut down following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, there are indications that colleges of education may not reopen soon.

The indication came following a directive by the College of Education Academic Staff Union,COEASU, yesterday that lecturers begin preparation for a possible strike which it explained, was meant to address some pending issues with the government.

The body,at a press conference addressed Thursday, in Abuja,directed members to immediately withdraw their services until pending issues it has with the government were addressed.

Addressing newsmen at the event attended by the executive members of the union,COEASU president, Nuhu Ogirima,claimed that the government failed to release the outstanding N441 billion resulting from the received needs assessment of the federal colleges of education.

According to him,the government has disappointed Nigerians given that in the education sector,almost all the unions are embarking on strike over poor funding and neglect.

The COEASU president regretted that many correspondences sent to draw the attention of the federal government to attend to the demands of the federal colleges of education in the country failed.

According to him, the development has left the union with no option than to begin a series of actions which will lead to full blown nationwide strike as soon as school reopen.

He said that the National Executive Committee of the union will be meeting to approve further actions to compel government to respond their demands which he said included poor funding and neglect of infrastructure of the institutions.

Ogirima,who claimed there was inadequate funding of federal colleges of education in the country, noted that the whole allocation to colleges of education relative to other sister institutions very low,adding that allocations to the colleges of education 2006 and 2008 were very low.

Hear him:”While the relative huge allocation to the university sub-sector in the period can be understood for obvious reasons of their enormous responsibilities and quite divergent services, that of the polytechnics, with similar conditions of service and related infrastructure with colleges of education remains higher till date.

Source; Vanguard

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