As the strike embarked upon by the Collages of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, enters the fourth month, Chairman of Chairmen, Governing Councils of Federal Collages of Education, Senator Emmanuel Anosike, has pleaded with the striking lecturers to return to classroom, assuring that his board was making efforts to ensure all areas of grievances were sorted out.
The union had embarked on strike December 2013 over some unresolved grievances with government and demands which include poor funding and inadequate welfare for lecturers.
Speaking at the end of tour of Federal Colleges of Education in the South West geo-political zone of the country, yesterday, Senator Anosike begged the lecturers to embrace dialogue as efforts were on to address all their demands.
He said: “I am joining other well-meaning Nigerians to plead with COEASU to shelve their strike in the interest of students and their parents.”
He noted that the strike had more serious implications for the country than imagined, especially at this period when the country was passing through security challenges.
“It is very tempting to leave students roaming the streets when they are supposed to be in classrooms. So, I am pleading with the lecturers to give more room to government,” he said.
Anosike disclosed that the board’s tour of colleges in the South West revealed government’s commitment at transforming the schools through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund.
He, however, called for proper utilisation of experts in handling students of Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo.
Anosike said: “This is the first and only of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. This is where teachers and other professionals are prepared to meet the needs of children and adults that are considered exceptional or special.
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