COEASU: Strike still on
Unlike members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) expected
to resume work on Monday after suspending its ten months strike, the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) said yesterday that it was yet to call off its seven months old strike.
The General Secretary of COEASU, Nuhu Ogirima, who gave the indication in an interview in Abuja, said the union would end the strike only after a clear-cut commitment towards meeting the remaining part of their demands has been made by the Federal Government.
According to Ogirima, a senior lecture in Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State, “We (COEASU) are yet to call off our strike. We are waiting for some commitment from the federal government.
” We had a closed-door meeting with the new Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau last Thursday separate from the one he had with ASUP. We discussed meaningfully at length.
” His remarks were quite impressive. We could see that the new Minister is really determined to ensure that the issue is resolved. He made a very strong appeal to us to call off the strike. He promised to meet with us this coming Thursday after studying our demands to give us feedback and let us know the government’s position, assuring us that the issue will be properly resolved.
” We are very much willing to end the strike. But until we hear from the Minister on Thursday, the strike continues. We do want a situation where our people will be
unnecessarily victimized. As we speak, we have not been paid salaries for four months now.
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