Colleges of education lecturers end 7-month strike




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ABUJA – The Colleges Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) on Tuesday called off its seven months strike following a meeting between the union and other in Abuja.

The President COEASU, Dr Emmanuel Asagha, who confirmed the development newsmen, said the union took the decision as part resolutions reached at the end the meeting.

The Committee Council Colleges of Education (COE’s), Sen. Emma Anosike, hailed the union’s decision call off the strike.

Anosike said all the resolutions adopted at the end of the meeting would be implemented with a view addressing the challenges in the sector.

The before the resolution had appealed to the striking lecturers to give government the benefit of doubt to resolve the issues by calling off the strike.

He said that since government had gone far in the implementation of issues that led to the seven months strike, the committee would do all within its powers to take care of the gray areas. “We want to appeal to you to please consider our request and call off the strike. We appreciate your concern and struggle to the of the sector which is commendable.

“We want to pick up the fight where you stopped. We as will open those doors you cannot open and solve those issues you cannot resolve, Anosike said.

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Anosike also pledged the committee’s commitment to ensure that lecturers returned to class without any fear of victimisation.

Also, the Director of Tertiary Education in the ministry, Mrs Hindatu Abdullahi, called on the union to consider government’s commitment and desire to resolving all the issues raised.

Abdullahi, who expressed appreciation the efforts of the union to better the lot of teachers in the country, COEASU to reconsider its stance and end the strike.

“I believe with understanding of each other motives, nothing will be impossible,’’ Abdullahi said.

The Executive Secretary, Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Mohammed Junaid, said that a lot had been achieved in the seven months struggle.

According to him, is just a matter of before all the issues are taken care of.

“I believe we have played the struggle to full . Where we are currently is extra , so let consider all efforts and call off the strike.

In his response, Asagha said the union was left with no choice than to embark on the strike since the sector had suffered a lot of discrimination in the hands of different administrations.

He, however, commended efforts by the through their intervention.

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) had on Saturday called off its 11 months strike after a meeting with the Minister of Education, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, on July 11.

will be recalled that of COEASU embarked upon the strike the salary structure in the sector, academic structure and non-approval of COE’s migration to lower cadre, among others. (NAN)

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