College lecturers in Niger state begin strike over retirement age
The lecturers say they are starting an indefinite strike because the state government refuses to honour signed agreements.
Lecturers at the Niger State College of Education, Minna in Niger State have reportedly started an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
The lecturers said they embark on the industrial action because of government’s refusal to honour signed agreements.
According to Premium Times, the total implementation of the Consolidated Polytechnic and Colleges of Education Academic Salary Structure (CONPCASS) is part of the agreements.
Speaking with the correspondents of the Nigerian News Agency, the Chairman of the institution’s chapter of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COASU), Danjuma Beji, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, said that only 77.3 per cent of the agreement had been met.
“Part of the agreement, 23.7 per cent, has yet to be implemented,” he said.
Beji added that the government is still dragging its feet over the 65 years lecturers.
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“The agreement on retirement age is yet to be gazetted; this is worrisome because it is only Niger that has not gazetted this law. Other states gazetted it long ago.
“Government keeps talking about the issue without a legal framework to back it up. We shall no longer condone such stance,”
Beji also said that government had not employed fresh lecturers “in the past 10 years”
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