This is coming amid nationwide protest planned to be held on July 26 and 27 by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the five months’ ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to a report by Daily Post, COEASU’s National President, Smart Olugbeko, said that the union’s action was based on a number of major issues surrounding their demands which the government had not met.

COEASU resumed its suspended strike on June 10 over the government’s failure to resolve some their demands including non-release of N15 billion approved out of the N456,599,691, and N18billion Revitalisation Fund for both Federal and State Colleges of Education contrary to repeated promises of the FG.

Others are; non-implementation of 2014 Needs assessment report, nonpayment of outstanding promotion arrears from 2016 to date, nonpayment of responsibility allowance to Librarian in Colleges of Education.

Olugbeko said that the union decided to extend the strike because of some unresolved issues including modalities for the disbursement of the revitalization fund which is yet to be agreed upon as the committee of stakeholders, including the Unions, which is to take the responsibility is expected to be convened by the Federal Government within the next few weeks.

The union’s national president further noted that the government’s sincerity towards meaningful collective bargaining could not be ascertained until August 2 when the renegotiation would start properly.

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