Academic activities at the Niger State College of Education (COE), Minna were on Tuesday suspended by the Institution’s branch of the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) in compliance to the nationwide industrial action being embarked upon by the union.
The entrance gate of the institution was barricaded as early as 7:00 am by members of the branch’s union led by its Chairman, Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan as all academic staff were turned back at the gate to their respective homes across Minna and its environs in the state.
When newsmen visited the institution to ascertain the level of compliance of the industrial action/ strike, only non-academic staff were being allowed into the premises of the College, while students were seen moving out of the campus with the bags containing their books and other personal belongings.
Recalled that COEASU on Tuesday, resumed its nationwide suspended industrial action/ strike since 2018 to press home their demands which include non-release of N15 billion approved out of the N456 billion revitalization fund recommended for both Federal and State own Colleges of Education in part of the country.
The College of Education, Minna branch Chairman of COEASU, Comrade Ibrahim Mohammed Hassan informed our correspondent in a brief interview in Minna, saying that “the strike is for four weeks for the first instance”, stressing however that “the resumption of the suspended strike was necessitated by the continued inaction of government on lingering issues despite the Union’s lengthy perseverance of uncommon peaceful disposition towards alternative dispute resolution.”
Comrade Hassan who led other executive members of the union at the COE, Minna branch to ensure full compliance of the strike, listed other demands of the Union to include: non-implementation of the consequential effect of the implementation of CONPCASS, 15 on lower cadre since 2014, the non-implementation of the 2014 needs assessment report in Colleges of Education, and non-payment of outstanding promotion arrears.