Lecturers Begin Strike In Niger Over Retirement Age, Others

The Academic staff of the Niger State College of Education, Minna have embarked on an indefinite strike over government’s refusal to honour signed agreements.

Among such agreements is the total implementation of the Consolidated Polytechnic and Colleges of Education Academic Salary Structure (CONPCASS).

Danjuma Beji, Chairman of the institution’s chapter of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COASU), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Minna that only 77.3 per cent of the agreement had been met.

“Part of the agreement, 23.7 percent, has yet to be implemented,” he said.

Mr Beji alleged that the government was still dragging its feet over the 65 years retirement age for academic staff.

“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,” he said.

The chairman also claimed that government had not employed fresh lecturers “in the past 10 years”.

“There used to be 300 lecturers, but many have left. More than 100 lecturers have left without any replacement,” he said.

He said many lecturers had moved to better jobs, while some had either retired or died.

Mr Beji said there were 10,000 students in the institution, and wondered how the few number of lecturers could cope with such huge figure.

The COEASU official also decried the decay in the institution’s infrastructure, regretting that the state government had abandoned its responsibility in that respect.



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