Academic and non- academic staff of tertiary institutions in Lagos State are to embark on indefinite strike beginning on September 30 if government does not open its door for meaningful discussion over salary structure and upgrade of infrastructures.
The institutions are: Lagos State University (LASU); Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED); Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) and Lagos State College of Primary Education, Epe.
Tertiary unions under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee (JAC), have unanimously resolved at a meeting on Monday held at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education to embark on an indefinite industrial action which will commence on Thursday, September 30, 2010.
According to a communique released after the meeting, the following observations were made: 1. That the so-called responsive and responsible face being put up by the present Lagos State Government is ironical and therefore shows government’s lack of attention and responsiveness to the plight of Lagos tertiary institutions workers. 2.
That Lagos State government is not sincere and attentive to the development of tertiary education in the state. 3. That the Edo State government, another Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), party controlled state with lower revenue base and other well meaning and workers’ friendly states, have implemented the said salary structure. 4. Lagos State government generates enough revenue to take care of the present demands and all the welfare of the state workers,” the communique stated.
After extensive discussion on the issues raised in the observations above, the Joint Action Committee resolved as follows: a.
That the Unions from the institution of higher learning owned by Lagos State Government shall brace and put up strong resistance against government’s attempt subjugate and deny the workers of their rights and incentives.
b.That total, compresive and indefinite joint strike action should be embrarked upon by all the Unions in all the state owned tertiary institutions to imprint the seriousness of government inaction and lack of attention to the development of the tertiary education in the minds of Nigerians and the international community.
c. That the strike action shall remain total and unbroken until Lagos State Government yields to the yearnings, aspirations and demands of the workers of Lagos State owned tertiary institutions.
d. That at the expiration of the ultimata by all the unions from the Lagos State tertiary institutions and without positive response from Lagos State government, a total comprehensive and indefinite strike action commences on the September 30, 2010.
Speaking after the meeting, Comrade Adeyemi Adesanya, Chairman, College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), reiterated the committee’s resolution to open door for discussion anytime the government deem it fit to call, saying, “we are ready, we are willing to discuss.”
He went on: “If no discussion take place between now and September 30, 2010, an indefinite strike action shall commence.”
In his submission, Eniola Opeyemi, Secretary, National Education of Nigerian Students (NENS), opined that Joint Action Committee, JAC’s intended strike is a collective effort of both lecturers and students of to restore the lost glory of education adding that “Government plan of Mega City would not be maintained by students that learnt in a decayed environment.