The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has given the federal government 21-day ultimatum to address the issues of demotion of academic staff and the gross impunity currently playing out in some of the colleges or risk a major industrial dispute.
President of the Union, Dr Emmanuel Asagha, told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday that COEASU would not fold its hands while some provosts of the colleges are having a field day perpetrating all forms of administrative rascality, especially the attempt to ridicule holders of polytechnic’s Higher National Diploma (HND).
He said, “While the union acknowledges the debate on parity between degree and HND, it would not be preposterous to state that the attempt to ridicule holders of HND by a single individual, the Provost of Federal College of Education (FCE), Akoka, in particular, remains unacceptable.
“The provost demoted academic staff, one of who possess a PhD, aside the PGD and Master Degree that they possess. This, to our union, is an affront on not only the statute but also to the collective sensibility of the nation’s HND holders.
“The Union, therefore, calls on the federal government to prevail on the provost to reinstate the staff and implement their rights to promotion.”
While also calling on the federal government to look into the threats to terminate the appointment of some staff in some of the colleges like FCE (T) Umunze and FCE, Eha-Amufu, Dr Asagha decried the continued insensitivity to the plight of Colleges of Education lecturers especially the non-regular payment of salaries by some states, shortfall in arrears, migration of service cadre, among others.
He called for the urgent release of the white papers on the visitation panel and Needs Assessment reports on Colleges of Education to holistically tackle the problems confronting the institutions.