COEASU Zonal Secretary Decries FG’s Lack Lustre Attitude Over Union’s Plight

ABDULLAHI RABIU, Kano

THE Secretary of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU)! North West Zone Comrade Ishaq Inuwa Ishaq has desribed the lack lustre attitude of the Federal Government in neglecting the plight of its members since they embarked on strike as uncalled-for.

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ishaq Inuwa said strikes are necessary weapons that every organisation is taking to press home the demands of their members and it remain as the only language the government seem to understands.

Making the disclosure at a News Conference held in Kano yesterday the COEASU North West Secretary explained that the reason that force COEASU to embark on strike include among other things refusal of the government to implement UTAS as an alternative option to IPPIS. Her failure to constitute its own team and commence renegotiation of the FGN /COEASU 2010 agreement all entreaties of the Union.

It include among others non release of 15bn approved out of the N456, 599, 691, 18bn revitalisation funds for Federal government and state COE contrary to repeated promises of the federal government.

He said other problems that force the union to go on strike include non implementation of 2014 need assesment report as well as non payment of outstanding promotion arrears 2016 to date .

Inuwa said non payment of responsibility allowance to Liberians in COE. As welk as non implementation of Consequential effect of implementation of CONTISS 15 on lower Cadre, like migration.

Additionally poor funding of Colleges of Education in states such as Ogun, Kwara, Abia, Edo, Ebonyi states among other and the recalcitrant insistence of IPPIS instead of Utas are the main reason for the resumption of strike by COEASU .

Inuwa Ishaq Inuwa who is also the Chairman of COEASU Saadu Rimi College of Education in Kano said Salaries of Universities and other Tertiary institutions of learning is quite different from what obtain in other governmental sectors especially the main stream Civil Service that has a different Salary structure.

Recall that it was in June that COEASU intructed all her members to embarked on strike in order to put pressure on the government to settle all their entitlements.