Colleges of Education's academic staff go on nationwide strike

The college of education academic staff have gone on strike over ana issue with government
Ernest Sunday

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) in Nigeria has withdrawn their services due to pending issues it has with the Federal Government.

The COEASU President, Nuhu Ogirima disclosed this on Thursday, September 4th 2020 during a press conference in Abuja stating that they will be on strike till the issues are addressed by the government.

According to the president, the Federal Government ignored all the request on strengthening its system of education in Nigeria refusing to provide an outstanding amount of N441bn resulting from the received "NEEDS Assessment of the Federal Colleges of Education".

Ogirima said the negligence had left the Union with no choice than to go on strike until the issue is resolved.

“We have directed our members nationwide to withdraw their services with effect from today, " he said

“It is quite evident that the union’s agitation is an existential struggle geared towards the revitalisation of the COE system.

"As the main entity for the training of the teachers and managers of the foundation level of the nation’s education system, the sustained neglect of CEOs portends a grave implication for the development of the entire educational system.

“So, the union hereby formally declares that all options are open for industrial action against the Federal Government and some notorious state governments.

"The public should take notice that the NEC shall reconvene shortly to unveil the series of measures that the union shall take towards bailing the COE system from the doldrums and further decadence inherent in the wanton neglect by the government.”

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