The President of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Nuhu Ogirima, has directed its members to embark on a nationwide strike immediately.
He gave the directive during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Ogirima stated that the federal government has failed to provide outstanding N441 billion resulting from the recieved NEEDS Assessment of the Federal Colleges of Education.
“We have directed our members nationwide to withdraw their services with effect from today (Thursday),” he said.
“It is quite evident that the union’s agitation is an existential struggle geared towards revitalisation of the COE system. As the main entity for the training of the teachers and managers of the foundation level of the nation’s education system, the sustained neglect of COEs portends a grave implication for the development of the entire educational system.
“So, the union hereby formally declares that all options are open for an industrial action against the Federal Government and some notorious state governments. The public should take notice that the NEC shall reconvene shortly to unveil the series of measures that the union shall take towards bailing the COE system from the doldrums and further decadence inherent in the wanton neglect by the government.”