Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 February 2013

Nigeria: Colleges of Education Union Decries Non Constitution of Governing Boards

Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has condemned the non constitution of governing councils for colleges of education across the country over a year since their dissolution.

A communiqué jointly signed by the union's president Mohammed Awwal Ibrahim and secretary Emmanuel Nkoro Asagha said the situation doesn't augur well for the effective administration of the institutions across the country.

The communiqué, which called on the ministry of education to expedite the reconstitution of the boards, however cautioned against using the boards for political patronage, adding that only qualified individuals should be considered.

"For the avoidance of doubt, the congress is poised to resist the imposition of anyone without the requisite experience and qualification highlighted in our position, as governing councils appointments should not be viewed as a window of opportunity for political settlement," it said.

The union added it was worried by the "consistent psychological trauma and subjugation of our members at the Federal College of Education (Technical) Omoku, Rivers State, due to the incessant kidnapping of members of staff of the college."

It also condemned the "killings" at FCE (T) Gombe, petitioning President Goodluck Jonathan and the Inspector General of Police to ensure that safety of property and lives is restored, stressing that it was planning solidarity action with the schools affected.

It called for the immediate review of terms of the Personal Income Tax (Amendment) Act 2011 as it affects union members amongst other demands.

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