FG sets up negotiations committee as polytechnics, COEs threaten strike

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FG sets up negotiations committee as polytechnics, COEs threaten strike

Adam Adam, EducationMinister

In a bid aimed at forestalling strike action being threatened by the nation’s polytechnics and colleges of education, the federal government has inaugurated two committees to renegotiate the 2010 agreements reached with leadership of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU.

This came as the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the committee, explained that some unforseen circumstances caused the non implementation of the agreements.

A statement from the ministry, through Chinyere Ihuoma, the minister picked the Chairman of the Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, Mohammed Abubakar, as chairman of the 14-member renegotiation team with the polytechnic teachers.

Similarly, the Chairman of Governing Council, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Obi Anthony, leads the team to dialogue with unions in Colleges of education.

The staff unions are Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP.

According to the statement, Adamu at the inaugural ceremony explained that barely two years into the life of the present administration, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the reconstitution of the government teams and the commencement of renegotiation with the unions.

To this end, he enjoined members to study the agreements entered into with all the unions and engage them with a view to reaching a workable and sustainable agreement.

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