THE Federal Government Monday, 7th July, set up a committee to consider the demand of colleges of education in the country to award degree certificate as applicable in the universities.

Award of degree by the colleges was one of the major demands of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU) which has been on strike since December last year.

Constituting the 10-man panel in Abuja, yesterday, Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, said government was displeased and uncomfortable with the ongoing closure of the nation’s public colleges of education and polytechnics.

He said: “We are aware that colleges of education are currently on strike and one of the reasons they have given for the strike has to do with the colleges of education being able to award both NCE and the Bachelor of Education certificates. In order to douse the tension and be able to see how we can move a step further, we are setting up this committee to look at the merit or otherwise of colleges of education to award both NCE and BSc certificates. Of course, this will go a long way to assure COEASU that government is doing everything humanly possible to see how to resolve these problems.”

He urged COEASU to call off its strike and allow for continued dialogue, adding, “It does not pay us. Government is not happy at all. Forget about what anybody may say, no government is happy at all.

That is why whatever we can do to see us taking steps to see how we can call off this strike.

The committee, chaired by Permanent Secretary in the ministry, MacJohn Uwaobiala, has about four weeks to submit its report.

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