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Members of Senior Staff Union of Colleges of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) chapter, have suspended their two-week strike following the intervention of Lagos State government.

The decision was reached after the group’s emergency congress on Monday, where the update on the contextual issues was exhaustively looked into.

The union had on August 20, after an emergency congress, declared an indefinite strike over alleged victimisation of its leadership by the management and Council of the college.

The chairman of the union, Comrade Wunmi Ombugadu, in a chat with The Guardian, said they resolved to call off the strike following the peace move by the state government, which was capped by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), endorsed by the affected parties.

She expressed hope that all the parties involved will honour the signed agreement, assuring that its members will not default.

She said: “The union executives signed an MoU with the Lagos State government and the management of the college on how to end the lingering crisis. Executives shall abide by the MoU signed, just as we hope that the management would do also. We are, therefore, calling on the Special Adviser on Education, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, to personally supervise the compliance of the terms of the agreement signed.

“We appreciate the proactive intervention of the government and the call for peace. The congress also appreciates the wisdom, efforts and timely intervention of Mr. Wahab. We, therefore, urge the governing council and the college management to abide by the terms. We promise to tow the path of peace to move the college forward.”                                     
Affirming that the workers had since resumed duties, the union boss pleaded with them to give peace a chance in the interest of the college.


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