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WHY COEASU RESUMES ITS SUSPENDED STRIKE—DR JABAKA

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WHY COEASU RESUMES ITS SUSPENDED STRIKE—DR JABAKA

The North West Coordinator of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Dr Shehu Jabaka has explained why the union resumed its suspended four weeks strike.

Jabaka while speaking to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday said the continuation of the strike was the outcome of the National Executives Council meeting (NEC).

Jabaka added that the decision followed the end of 21-day ultimatum issued by the union on the lingering issues of industrial concern.

WHY COEASU RESUMES ITS SUSPENDED STRIKE—DR JABAKA

He noted that in a letter addressed to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, COEASU applauded the minister for his efforts in trying to resolve the union’s demands but “our members could not tolerate such delay anymore”.

“The letter which was dated June 10th, 2022 and jointly signed by the President Dr Smart Olugbeko and General Secretary Dr Ahmed Bazza, indicated the notice of resumption of the industrial action suspended by the Union on the 5th of December 2018.

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“The Union invoked the inevitable option of strike action by their members Nationwide to give government’s lack of respect for a non-confrontational civil approach to industrial dispute resolution”, he explained.

The North West Coordinator also enumerated some problems towards the progress of the Union which includes failure of the Federal government to constitute team and commence renegotiation of the FGN-COEASU 2010 agreement despite all entreaties of the union.

“Other problems non-release of N15 billion approved out of the N456,599,691, and N18 Billion Revitalization Fund for both Federal and State Colleges of Education contrary to repeated promises of the FG.

“Non-implementation of 2014 Needs assessment report, Non-payment of outstanding promotion arrears from 2016 to date and Non-payment of responsibility allowance to Librarian in Colleges of Education.

“Non-implementation of the consequential effect of the implementation of CONTISS 15 on Lower Cadre”, he added.

According to him, other problems include poor funding of Colleges of Education and poor conditions across State Colleges of Educations.

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