Since being out of the classroom from June 10th, the Colleges of Education Academic staff union, COEASU has suspended the nationwide strike for what it calls a Cool-off-period of 60 days.
In a communique jointly signed by COEASU President, Smart Olugbeko and General Secretary, Ahmed Baza, the teachers say the suspension which takes immediate effect is to give government the opportunity to perfect the progress made so far into tangible achievements that are acceptable to the Union.
COEASU notes that the Federal Government has yielded to the Union’s demand for the constitution of a committee of critical stakeholders including but not limited to representatives of the Union, to, among others, draw modalities for the disbursement of the revitalization fund of fifteen billion naira to Colleges of Education without further delay.
It reveals also that on the Renegotiation of COEASU-FGN 2010 Agreement on which the government has been dilly-dallying over time eventually commenced and the Union is satisfied by the progress made so far.
COEASU adds that its suspension decision its on the commendable actions of some State Governments namely Imo, Kwara, Osun, and Oyo States towards the resolution of lingering issues in their respective colleges of education while meaningful talks are ongoing on others with outstanding issues, notwithstanding the need for pressure on a few recalcitrant ones.
COEASU appreciates critical stakeholders for their intervention and dogged commitment to the resolution of the issues, as evident in the enormous progress made towards the amendment of the Colleges of Education Establishment Act.
COEASU used the opportunity of it’s National executive meeting to decry the high level of insecurity in the country, as evident with the increase in the spate of kidnapping, banditry, killings, and other social vices as it calls on Governments at all levels to address the situation more proactively by beefing up security on all campuses, as the system is being reopened for teaching and learning.