FCE Okene lecturers protest non-payment of allowances

The College of Education Academic Staff Union (COESU), Federal College of Education, Okene, Kogi State chapter has stated that its members will not resume even if the mother union resolves its lingering problems with the Federal Government until the college’s management meets their demands.

The union is agitating management’s shabby treatment of its members and non-payment of some entitlements and outstanding arrears.

The branch chairman of COESU, Frank Dele Owa, while addressing newsmen after an emergency congress of the union, disclosed that the union had resolved that unless the management pays 21 months outstanding arrears for Peculiar Earned Academic Allowance ( PEAA) owed old staff and four months owed new staff, the members will not return back to classes.

The union also ordered the management to pay all the outstanding arrears on sabbatical leave to its members.

He also said Congress frowns at the way management refuses to release its members for the annual sabbatical leave which it said was antithetical to intellectual growth and industrial harmony and urged it to rescind the decision immediately.