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College appeals to striking workers

10 November 2014, 16:23

Lagos - The management of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) Ijanikin, Lagos, on Sunday refuted an allegation of non-payment of 18 months’ salary arrears made by its striking workers.

The Registrar, Olumuyiwa Coker, in Lagos, that the institution was not owing its workers up to 18 months salary arrears.

“No amount of misinformation can obliterate the leadership position the college has sustained for over five decades,’’ he said,” he said.

The institution’s branches of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the Senior Staff union of the Colleges of Education (SSUCOEN) had on the September 22 gone on strike over non-payment of salaries.

Coker said that the school authorities had been meeting with the unions’ leaders since the strike started, and that the arrears being owed were four and half months by the Lagos State Government and few months by the college.

Also read: College of Education lecturers protest in Lagos

According to him, the state government had earlier paid four and half months’ salary arrears out of nine months it owed in the past.

He added that the school authorities had paid nine months salary arrears to Grade Levels One to Five, saying that  Grade Levels  Six to Eight had received four months’ salary arrears, while Grade Levels Nine to-15 received two months.

 “The unions can confirm that management has rolled out payment plans on how the outstanding arrears will be paid to the remaining levels.

“Government has already granted the approval to pay the outstanding balance, and this has been  duly communicated to the unions.

“With respect to unremitted pensions,  management has been meeting with government on the matter. It will soon be resolved,” Coker said.

The registrar said that the ongoing strike had not affected the standard of education of the college.

Coker pleaded with the unions to allow the students who had been preparing for the Nigerian Colleges of Education Games (NICEGA) to participate.



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