Colleges of Education Needs Funding, Lecturers Told FG

 Colleges of Education Needs Funding, Lecturers Told FG

Colleges of Education (COEs) lecturers Thursday lamented that the FG (federal government) has abandoned the institutions.

The lecturers stated that the FG has been consistent with the under-funding of COEs within the country.

They stated that between 2012 and 2017 the funds released as capital allocation to COEs by the federal govt stood at almost 56% of the budgeted sums.

The lecturers under the aegis of colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) stated this during a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

COEASU President, Nuhu Ogirima, who addressed reporters, said the plan to make the govt fund colleges of education had fallen on deaf ears.

He said: “The gross under-funding of COEs has been abysmally according to the federal govt. Quite unfortunately, State governments toe the line of the federal govt during this regard. It might be said that the federal govt encourages irresponsibility towards funding obligations.

“The issue of funding affects the system altogether ramifications. for instance , between 2012 and 2017 the funds released as capital allocation to COEs by the federal govt stood at almost 56% of the budgeted sums.

“A few minutes before the amount in question, especially from 2006 to 2008, the totality of allocation to COEs relative to other sister institutions, was appalling.

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“Sadly, the govt has chosen to ignore the renewed attempt of the Union to signalize to the dire situation the COE system has found itself.

“As a union liable for the yearnings and aspirations of the teachers managing the education of the less privileged citizens, we consider it as complicity to stay quiet in the face of the wanton neglect that has characterized the disposition of the govt to our plight.

“The persistent wanton neglect of COEs is clear in the non-response to the series of memo raised by the Union reminding FGN of her responsibilities.”