Colleges Of Education Students Threaten Nationwide Shutdown Over Strike

Colleges Of Education Students Threaten Nationwide Shutdown Over Strike

The National Association of Nigeria Colleges of Education Students (NANCES), on Wednesday, issued a 14-Day ultimatum to the Federal Government to resolve with striking Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) on their demands or risk nationwide mass protest.

The aggrieved students, who issued this ultimatum in Abuja, lamented that College of Education lecturers have been on a warning strike since June 14, 2022, waiting for the government to heed to their demands.

Also, they opined that the perpetual and continued industrial actions by the College of Education Academic Staff Union as the only tool to press home her demands as an organized crime against students’ career and educational pursuits.

National President, NANCES, Comrade Aminu Habibu, noted that the lingering COEASU strike has been deviling and destructing students’ quest and thirst for knowledge, hence the decision to embark on a mass protest tagged #BringUsbacktoourcampuses* with economy shutdown as the major target.

Habibu declared that the government has failed to prioritise the Colleges of the education sector, hence the failure to deploy necessary funds for complete overhauling of colleges of education sector and total revitalisation of teachers’ education in Nigeria, through a meaningful budgetary allocation to the sector in line with the importance of teachers education to the development of Nigeria as a nation.

According to him, “NANCES leadership has emphatically mourn and sorrowfully shared the grievance with our students who are idle doing nothing losing time, material and resources while both Government and COEASU lose nothing at the end of every strike actions, both salaries, promotions and other remuneration among others.

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“But, students are the greatest losers as their careers are delayed, years stay on Campus extended, House Rent/Hostel Fee Incurred, Federal/State Job age requirement exceeded among other negative effects and impacts on the general life plan of our innocent Nigerian colleges of education students”.

“Our Colleges of Education are currently under lock and key because of the ongoing strike by our lecturers as most of our colleges are underdeveloped, and need to be revitalised, so as to promote and enhance the production of quality and qualified teachers for the consumption of our basic and secondary education.

“And for that, we demand that the Federal Government declare a state of emergency on our Colleges and pump more funds to get standard buildings that will be conducive for teaching and learning.

“The COEASU are the most considerate lecturers in Nigeria Tertiary institutions because they are always asking and pleading many times on account of their demand before they announce any strike as such, we want to categorically state it clear that the students are tired of this continuous strike and we don’t want to be pushed to the wall,” he said.

Furthermore, the students called on the Federal Government to immediately implement the 50,000 naira bursary allocation approved by the current Government as an appreciation and encouragement for all teachers in making and N70,000 for education students.

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Source: Tribune Online 

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