COEASU Suspends Strike

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The Colleges Of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), has suspended its over two months old strike to allow Federal Government meet its demands as promised, to implement the agreements reached by both parties.

The President of COEASU, Nuhu Ogirima who made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja, said the decision to suspend its industrial action followed reassurances from government to meet some of its key demands.

Ogirima, however, warned that the Union would not hesitate to resume the suspended strike action, should government be found to have reneged on agreement reached when the union reconvenes by January to reaccess governments commitment.

According to him, government has finally accepted there was a decay of colleges of education and has agreed to implement the ‘NEEDS’ assessment report, and also to release a white paper tagged ‘dual mode’ to enable some colleges award degrees.

He added that the federal government has taken an extra step to meet with state governors over poor and non-payment of salaries in states colleges, even as it promised to ensure sacked members of Ogun state colleges of Education were recalled.

“Government through the Minister of Education has met with other state governors over poor and non-payment of salaries in states colleges. Government has agreed to release a white paper tagged, ‘dual mode’ to implement partially, for some colleges to be able to award degrees,” he said.

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