Nigerian colleges of education begin month-long strike amid university closures since February
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has begun a month-long strike.
This was contained in a statement signed by the President of COEASU, Dr. Smart Olugbeko and the Secretary General, Dr. Ahmed Bazza Lawan, respectively.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU – the Union of Sister Professors – has been on strike since February 2022, and the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is still struggling to meet the demands of university professors.
The colleges union noted that the strike suspended by professors in December 2018 will resume immediately for four weeks initially.
Speakers affirmed that the NEC will meet again after the four week strike to reassess the level of government engagement on the issues for a proper decision on the way forward.
According to the statement, the decision was made by the union after a meeting at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba in Delta State on Friday, June 10, where it assessed the level of response of the federal government to its demands, following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued to the government over the continuing problems of industrial enterprises.
The statement read, inter alia: “The all-out strike suspended by the union in December 2018 will resume immediately for four weeks in the first instance. The NEC will meet again after the four-week strike to reassess the level of government engagement on the issues with a view to a proper decision on the way forward.
“Each chapter convention of the federation should meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 to adequately notify the convention of the commencement of the strike due to the continuing issues and state of inaction leading to industrial action.
“Union leadership at all levels (national, zonal and chapter) should embark on an emphatic media campaign towards transparent public awareness of the issues leading up to the strike.
“The strike must be full and all academic staff at all colleges of education (federal and state) must step down from all statutory duties without exemption.
“All public colleges already on strike to press local demands should make it clear to their respective managements that the local strike will continue in the unexpected event that their local issues remain unresolved at the end of the national strike.
“Vice Presidents/Zone Coordinators shall monitor Chapter compliance in their respective Zones, while defaulting Chapters shall be prevented from enjoying the gains of the struggle and earn such other penalties as the NEC deems applicable based on normal Union rules on collective bargaining.”