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College of Education union urges FG to implement reached agreement

The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (C O E A S U)  has  called on the federal government to  implement the FGN-COEASU 2010 agreement.

The union made this call in a communiqué jointly signed by its President Nuhu Ogirima and General Secretary Taiwo A. Olayanju at the end of its  Expanded National Executive Council (ENEC)  meeting held at the Akwa Ibom State College of Education.

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The union said that while the renegotiation process of other tertiary institutions progressed steadily, the renegotiation of the FGN-COEASU 2010 Agreement “remains provocatively discouraging, and the  process has been  stalled again,” imploring  the government to urgently resume the process without further delay in the interest of industrial harmony.

It also called for the  implementation of CONPCASS and 65years retirement age for college of education teachers.

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“Council acknowledged the implementation of the 65years retirement age and CONPCASS salary structure by most state governments. However, while charging those paying fractions of the salary structure to desist by paying in full, Council specifically considers as exploitative, and unacceptable, the non-payment of salary to, and the non-implementation of CONPCASS salary structure for staff of the College  of Education, Arochukwu, by the Abia State government.”

The union also decried  what it termed “the denial of right to promotion and the state of infrastructure in Abia  College  of Education” and  urged  the  state government to urgently  address the issue.

“We also  decried  the non-approval of a pension scheme for the COE, Akwanga, by the  Nasarawa State government. Council views this as insensitivity to the rights and welfare of people who give their all for the training of other citizens for the good of the nation. Against this background, Council calls on the Nasarawa  state government to engage the staff towards securing a viable pension scheme  that can address their welfare after service/on retirement.”