The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) says its members will continue their current strike because of the federal government’s unstable attitude in addressing labour issues.

Chairman of the union in the Federal College of Education (FCE) Zaria, Malam Mu’awiya Usman, said yesterday that members of the union had resolved at various congress meetings to continue with the strike until government addresses all their grievances.

“After the meeting of the national expanded executive council where the 51 chapters of the union were represented, we had a local congress meeting at the FCE, Zaria where members affirmed the resolution of the national executive meeting.

We have therefore resolved that the imposition of IPPIS as a platform towards the realisation of the government policy of Treasury Single Account (TSA) on the colleges remains unacceptable for the reasons we have severally advanced previously. We have also resolved not to return to duty unless government releases funds for the implementation of migration for the lower cadre of staff and payment of peculiar allowances. Also, the government is yet to release funds for accreditation of NCE programmes and this has to be resolved,” Usman said.

He added, “We also want government to release the White Paper of its Visitation panel of 2012. There are other issues like the proliferation of substandard colleges of education, neglect of state colleges of education among other issues that we want government to address.”

While calling on the union members to remain resolute in what he called struggle for improving colleges of education, Usman said the union also enjoined the federal government to take adequate measures of addressing proliferation of criminal acts across the country.

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