The latest report reaching us has it that The National president of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Mr Emmanuel Asagha, while speaking with newsmen yesterday stated that the Federal Government is to be blamed for the ongoing COEASU strike.
The President of COEASU, Mr Emmanuel Asagha who was at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State yesterday, 24th March, 2014, to inspect the level of compliance of its unionist towards the ongoing nation wide strike, told the members that according to the Minister for Education, Mr Nwike, the Government has entered an agreement with the union, with allegation that the union has refused to call off the strike, was false, asking them to show a concrete evidence for their statement.
He said and I quote “We have signed about six memorandum with the government, but no action has been taken on them. It is sad and it amounts to cheap blackmail to read in the media that government implemented 90 per cent of our demands and we refused to call off the strike”,
Mr Emmanuel further called on stake-holders and other relevant bodies to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government to act fast to save teacher education from imminent destruction, stressing that education is the bedrock of every society and teachers are critical players in the system.
He told newsmen that the union would not be deterred by the FG’s threat to commence its no-work-no-pay policy on the striking lecturers.
Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) embarked on a strike on 18th December, 2013, over government’s refusal to implement the 2010 agreement it reached with the union and non-payment of pension and death benefits to families of deceased colleagues.
May God help Nigeria Education System.