The Federal Government has inaugurated two separate teams to renegotiate the agreements it reached with staff unions in the nation’s public Colleges of Education (CoEs) and Polytechnics in 2010.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the teams in Abuja, said the agreements were due for renegotiation since 2013 but the exercise did not take place because of some unforeseen circumstances.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY on Wednesday by the Ministry said the Minister charged members of the renegotiating teams to study the agreements entered into with all the unions with a view to reaching a workable and sustainable agreement.
“As members of the government teams, you are expected to play your role with skill and efficiency to come up with agreements that will help in stimulating rapid growth of the Colleges of Education and Polytechnics and make them more competitive and attractive”, he said.
Chairman of Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, Mohammed Ababakar, is to chair the team to renegotiate with Polytechnic Unions, while the Chairman of Governing Council, Federal College of Education, Obudu, Dr Obi Anthony, leads the team to renegotiate with Unions in Colleges of Education.
Each team comprises 14 members made up of relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment as well as Ministry of Finance.
Others are representatives of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, and that of National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission.
Responding on behalf of all renegotiating team members, Chairman of the Governing Council, Auchi Polytechnic, Chief Michael Oloyo, expressed the commitment of members to accomplish the goals set before them.