Uyo - The Provost of Akwa Ibom Collage of Education (COE), Afaha Nsit, Dr Patrick Uko, on Tuesday expressed concern over the incessant strikes by unions in the education sector.
Uko expressed the concern while reacting to the disruption of academic activities in the college by the academic staff.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the situation was unhealthy for the development of the country.
“The union in my college forwarded a letter to me yesterday informing me that they were joining their colleagues in solidarity for a 7-day national warning strike.
“We have nothing against the state government under the leadership of Governor Godswill Akpabio because our demands are all met; I believe that the best way to go about it should be through negotiation.
“The truth is that I am not comfortable with the strike in education sector because it interrupts learning and teaching process.
“If you understand the situation of Nigeria, you will realise that we don’t need to embark on unnecessary strikes in the sector.
“Nigeria is rated poor on issues of education and in situations like this, we just have to continue with negotiation.
“In my own little way, I have always told the various unions in the sector to curtail the level at which they embarked on strike.
“Nigeria is recording the highest number of strikes by different bodies in the sector in a session and I am not too comfortable with this development.”
NAN recalls that academic staff of the institution began a 7-day warning strike in solidarity with their colleagues demanding improved funding and better working conditions of service.
Speaking to newsmen, the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State College of Education Academic Staff Union (ACOEASU), Gloria Inyang, alleged that the condition of service of the college's lecturers was not comparable to that of other institutions of higher learning.
She said that the union was not comfortable with the Integrated Personnel and Payment Information System (IPPIS) and alleged imposition of Provosts on Collages of Education nationwide.
Other grievances listed include staff casualisation as well as the non implementation of 65-year retirement age for COE's lecturers.
“We are supposed to be the most respected based on our services but the reverse is the case.
“We have a right to good condition of service,” Inyang said.