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COEASU resumes warning strike suspended in 2018

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The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has resumed its warning strike, which was suspended in 2018, over alleged neglect by federal and state governments.

Its North-West Secretary, Inuwa Ishaq-Inuwa, announced this to journalists in a press conference on Saturday in Kano.

Mr Ishaq-Inuwa, who is also the COEASU Chairman, Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso, Kano, said the union was left with no option than to resume the strike.

He said the union’s national headquarters, under the leadership of its President, Smart Olugbeko, directed all state-owned Colleges of Education to join the strike and press home their local demands.

He recalled that COEASU suspended its strike in 2018, but four years down the line, it resolved to continue with the strike over alleged lack of commitments by the governments to resolve some lingering issues.

According to him, “The federal government failed to constitute its own team for negotiations on the FGN-COEASU 2010 Agreement despite all entreaties.

“The non implementation of the 2014 Needs assessment report, non payment of outstanding promotion arrears from 2016 to date and the non payment of responsibility allowance to Librarian in Colleges of Education, are some of our demands.

“Poor funding of Colleges of Education and poor conditions of some state Colleges of Education are also part of the demands,” he said.

Others, he said, are non-implementation of the consequential effect of implementation of CONTISS 15 on Lower Cadre and the federal government’s insistence on IPPIS instead of UTAS that capture the peculiarity of tertiary institutions.

(NAN)

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