The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has said it is not threatened by what it called blackmail and intimidation tactics being deployed by the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, to get the union to call off its almost five month old strike.
It added that it has become evident that the COEs which provide foundational teacher training, is suffering from induced criminal neglect and is in shambles.
COEASU has been on strike since December 18, 2013. The union in a statement signed by its National President, Emmanuel Asagha and General Secretary, Nuhu Ogirima, said government’s style of “the brinkmanship” in dealing with strikes in the education sector would only produce counterproductive results.
The union however acknowledged the efforts of the Minister of Labour and Productivity Chief Emeka Wogu and his team for “their untiring efforts at resolving the issues in contention amid the frustrating circumstances
engendered by other departments, agencies and ministries involved.”
The union has vow to continue with the strike until the Federal government met their demands.
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