Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN) has declared that the Federal Government is insensitive to the plight of staff and students of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
Reacting to the treatment meted to the protesting lecturers by the security forces in Abuja on Tuesday, SSUCOEN said, it was shocking to see how Police used tear gas on people who were on a peacefully rally.
The College of Education’s senior staff, in a statement issued by their National President, Mohammed Sani Uwaisu, said the Federal Government should rather look inward and resolve the unions’ demands amicably, because, according to him, unions in Colleges of Education had never embarked on an indefinite strike of this nature.
According to the statement, “SSUCOEN was shocked and devastated with media reports on the manner in which the police used tear gas and water cannons on lecturers from Colleges of education and polytechnics who were on peaceful rally to protest the failure of the Federal Government in implementing the agreement it reached with the unions since 2009.
“SSUCOEN wishes to condemn in strong terms the discriminatory manner in which our colleagues were attacked with tear gas and water cannons while on peaceful rally after the union’s had written officially to the relevant authorities informing them and seeking for their consent on the peaceful rally,” it stated.