The decision was taken at the National Executive Council meeting which was held in Abuja.
The PUNCH reports that COEASU had embarked on a strike on June 10, 2022 in a bid to push forth its demands and seek a lasting solution to the challenges facing colleges of education in the country.
The union like the Academic Staff Union of Universities requested that the government adopt the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of lecturers.
“While appreciating critical stakeholders for their intervention and dogged commitment to the resolution of the strike, as evident in the enormous progress made at the ongoing negotiations and the appreciable level of progress made towards the amendment of the colleges of education amendment act which is paramount for the COE system.
“The NEC resolved that the nationwide strike action which commenced on June 10, 2022 be suspended for a cool-off period of 60 days to give government the opportunity to perfect the progress made so far into tangible achievements that are acceptable to the union after which the NEC shall reconvene to reassess the status of the issues and decide the way forward,” the union said in a statement signed by the general secretary, Dr Ahmed Lawan.
So far, only university-based unions have remained on strike.
- 1. 2021 last tranche of productivity allowance;
- 2. the remaining 2021 part time long easy yet to be paid;
- 3. none payment of four months salary of 2019 recruited academic staff;
- 4. 2016 promotion arrears received by Management but not fully paid; and
- 5. 2017 two steps promotion arrears