Lecturers under the aegis of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) have extended their ongoing industrial action by three weeks.
The lecturers blamed their decision on the failure of the Federal Government to embrace the union’s preference for the University Transparency Accountability System and the failure of the state governments to address issues peculiar to state-owned colleges of education
According to the union, most state governments are yet to address issues locally peculiar to state-owned colleges of education, especially in Oyo, Ogun, Kwara, Abia, Kogi, Kaduna, Zamfara, Yobe, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Edo, and Ebonyi states.
It added that the situation has further deteriorated in some of these states with the enforcement of the draconian rule of “no work, no pay” and victimisation of Union leaders.
The union in its communique which was issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting and signed by the National President, Dr. Smart Olugbeko, and the General Secretary, Dr. Ahmed Lawan Showed that the Federal Government is yet to come out clear on the Union’s preference for UTAS against the troublesome Integrated Payroll and Personnel
“Having submitted the Union’s charter of demands to the FG team for the renegotiation, the posture and sincerity of government towards meaningful collective bargaining cannot be ascertained until August 2, 2022, when the renegotiation proper begins.
On the decision to embark on strike, the union said, “While empathetically acknowledging the appeal of critical stakeholders expecting the strike action to be suspended, the NEC painstakingly submitted that the timing must be properly calculated based on the foregoing reservations to consolidate on the gains of the struggle. Therefore, NEC unanimously resolved that the strike action should continue for the next three weeks within which the Union hopes that the foregoing reservations should have been addressed”.