The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has called on the Federal Government to release the N26.2 billion earmarked for the advancement of Foundational Teacher Education in the country.

The union’s President Comrade Emmanuel Nkoro made the call in a press statement where he decried what he termed the deliberate neglect of colleges of education by the federal and state governments.

While pointing out that the money will address the lingering issues in foundational teacher education, Nkoro condemned the “illegal imposition of Group Life Insurance underwriters and the non payment of death benefits to deceased colleague’s families between 2000 and 2013.”

Nkoro also gave the Federal Government until the first week of October to release the White paper of 2012 visitation on colleges of education.

He flayed the “lack of transparency and abuse of due process” in the award of contracts for the building of a proposed multimedia micro-teaching laboratory for colleges of education at N200 million each and the non budgetary allocations for outsourced services.

Nkoro urged government to immediately settle workers’ teaching practice entitlements amounting to N951 million and condemned the “non allocation/release” of amounts crucial for academic activities like accreditation programmes in the institutions.

He also tasked government on the its “deliberate” refusal or evident lack of commitment in the review of the laws establishing the National Commission for Colleges of Education and also for both states and federal colleges of education, as well as the non payment of monetisation arrears.

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