By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”DELTA State Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Hope Eghagha, has urged striking workers of the state College of Physical Education, Mosogar, to go back to their duty post, saying all the contentious issues have been resolved.
He also charged management and union leaders in tertiary institutions across the country to work in harmony in the interest of the educational advancement of the people.
Eghagha, who gave the charge while addressing newsmen inEffurun, Delta State, said the demands of the union had been met.
He said:Â â€œThe truth is that the real issues that led to the strike were addressed by management even before the union decided to go on strike.
â€œThe union actually went on strike because six unionofficials were suspended by council. Council said the union has given an ultimatum to it without giving it enough notice.
So, the issue of contention was you have given an ultimatum that is not necessary, that was not well signed and the union reacted by saying â€˜well we cannot withdraw our ultimatum and so council suspended those members for insubordination.
â€œAt the negotiation, all parties met each other half way.
In other words, the union agreed to retrieve the ultimatum and then council agreed to withdraw the suspension. Those were issues that actually led to the strike.â€ Speaking further, Eghagha said the union has withdrawn the ultimatum and council on its part, has lifted the suspension.