Abuja - Staff unions of the three Kwara
State-owned Colleges of Education have reached an agreement with the state
government to suspend the strike action workers embarked on.
The colleges are in Ilorin, Oro and Lafiagi where workers
are demanding improved conditions.
State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr Amina
Ahmed, confirmed the breakthrough.
Ahmed said the unions’ officials were expected to meet
their members with a view to endorsing the agreement for the suspension of
strike action so that academic activities will resume on the campuses next
The unions include the College of Education Academic
Staff Union (COEASU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Union of
Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN).
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Ahmed said the decision to end the industrial action was reached following
government announcement it would release two-month salary arrears to workers of
the three colleges.
He said according to the Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) signed by the unions and the state government, the striking staff of the
colleges would receive their salary arrears for the months of September to
November by Monday.
"No union leader or member shall be victimised on
account of the industrial action,” Ahmed said.
The commissioner added that it was also agreed that all
backlog of salaries owed the workers from April to July 2015 would be taken
care of when the expected bail-out fund promised by the Federal Government is
received by the state government.
The government appreciated the workers for their
peaceful conduct during the strike action.
- CAJ News