College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Federal College of Education, Technical (FCET) Umunze, Anambra State, has called on parents to withdraw their children from the institution.
According to the lecturers, who accused the Provost, Dr Mrs Tessy Okoli, of attempting to intimidate them, there is no academic session presently going on in the institution.
The lecturers also decried the non-payment their six years’ allowances.
COEASU Chairman of the institution, Dr Churchill Okonkwo, who led the protest, said they had about a week ago declared a three-week warning strike against the management of the college.
According to him, COEASU asked parents to withdraw their children and wards from the college in their own interests.
But the management of the college refuted the report, saying lecturers were not on strike.
However, COEASU insisted that lecturers of the college were on strike and accused the provost and management of spreading falsehood.
The COEASU Chairman said, “As a Union, we are all aware of the sacrifices we have made as a body to carry on with our tasks in the College despite the neglect of our welfare packages by the management who is currently so versed in the divide and rule antics instead of addressing the raised issues.
“We are also aware that if not for COEASU wielding in to source for N1m to sponsor Agajelu to Abuja to demand our welfare that Management didn’t care that we are owed the TETFUND intervention since 2016; were they sympathetic to the fact that Teaching Practice( TP) mobilisation hadn’t been paid since 2018. It means that our meagre salaries are tasked to pay for our transportation to supervise teaching practice exercise since 2016 whereas the management always collects their DTA every time they travel or leave the college environment for official duties.
“They always think that justice can be pushed aside with injustice and this is quite unfair. At our congress of Tuesday 23rd August 2022, the provost was given a fair chance to appeal to us and make promises that will postpone the strike but rather than do it, she resorted to threat.
“Our College has been made a laughing stock among other Colleges in terms of our staff welfare, environment and governance. We’re the dirtiest and most unkempt College in Nigeria with overgrown grasses everywhere. No clean sanitary facilities resulting in lecturers and students mostly relieving themselves in the highly overgrown grass velts.
“Before this new management, lecturers were assigned biros, files and markers but now we will spend our money to buy these. Before now, College generators power the entire school and departments but now every school and department must buy their generator and also fuel it to make outputs; before now, accreditation are fully sponsored by the College but last accreditation HODs and Deans were given paltry sums to run around for accreditation and most of them are still being owed what they spent. This is something that other Sister Colleges do with ease and we ask; is our College created differently from other Colleges in Nigeria?”
The lecturers warned the management against keeping the students perpetually in the college when no academic activity was ongoing.
“They cannot continue to keep the students in the College with lies when such students are not kept busy with academic activities. Remember that idle mind is a devil’s workshop.”