Niger College Of Education Abandoned By Government Since 2008 - Union
The College of Education Academic Staff Union (COASU), Niger branch, claims the college in the state has been abandoned since 2008 by the government.
The situation had led to industrial action that saw the school shut for months, before it was called off in the last week of July.
Industrial action has ended, but the union is hoping the government will keep its promise.
They want 17% and 15% increase in the emolument of both the academic and non-academic staff respectively.
Failure of the government to meet their demand had resulted in a strike.
After the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) intervened in ensuring that the state’s College of Education did not collapse, the Chairman of the union, Haruna Baba, said the strike will resume in August if the government failed to keep the agreement.
TETFUND had intervened by providing the college with needed infrastructure that had kept it running.
He alleged that since 2008, the state government had not provided the college with the infrastructure it needed to run its academic programmes
“The state government has abandoned this college, if not for TETFUND, we would have shut down for long.
“It was because of this long time neglect that we recently went on strike, which we called off on Monday, July 24,’’ the chairman told the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said the union suspended the strike, with the expectation that the state government would keep to its promise.
“If the government renege on the recent agreement, we will go back on strike in August,’’ he stated.
He said it was unfortunate that the college had to suffer severe neglect.
According to him, such neglect can be injurious to the development of education in the state.
The Secretary of union, Mohammed Isgogo, also explained that one of the reasons they had started the industrial action was the non-payment of the 17% and 15% increase in the emolument of both the academic and non-academic staff respectively.
“We spoke to government about improving the infrastructure in the college for the excellent academic performance of the students.
“But we called off the strike in the best interest of the students, their parents and future of education in the state,’’Isgogo said.