The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union has given the Federal Government of Nigeria a 21-day ultimatum to meet their demands or be ready for an indefinite strike by the College lecturers.
COEASU’s threat is coming amidst the ongoing strike actions by the Academic Staff Union of Unions (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) across the country.
The unions have embarked on strike action to protest the Federal Government’s inability to meet their demands bordering on funding the educational sector, salaries and allowances, the elimination of the use of IPPIS and several other demands.
COEASU in a statement signed by its National Vice-President and South-West Zonal Coordinator, Olusegun Lana, on Wednesday, stated that the Federal government has not been fair to colleges of education and had neglected issues affecting the union and the colleges despite many requests.
According to the union, the failure of the Federal Government to reconstitute its renegotiation team for the COEASU-FGN 2010 agreement; non-release of the N15bn revitalisation fund by the government and insistence on Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) against University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) are some of the issues that remain unresolved.
They issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to resolve all the outstanding issues with the union, urging stakeholders to prevail on the government to do the needful now before the expiration of the ultimatum or face an indefinite strike action.