…………………..See Video at Zonal Conference, Ilorin 2019
The Senior Staff Association of Colleges of Education in Nigeria, SSUCOEN has berated government at all levels in Nigeria over its neglect of the welfare of their members in the various Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
Expressing this view during the 33rd South West Zonal Delegates Conference hosted by the Kwara State college of education, Ilorin, Kwara state, the union said that its members are taken through untold hardship and that some are even dead as a result of their plight.
In his welcome address, Comrade Olomu Olaitan Jameeu, Chairman of Kwara State College of Education branch of the union said reiterated the endurance of its members over the years under the yoke on unpaid salaries and allowances.
He said: “Without sounding banal. The union has endured through the maladministration of past regimes which ranged from seizure or non-release of Checkup dues or non-monetization of promotion benefits, intimidation, persecution and so on” of its members.
He further said: “The union is battling with the hangout of financial recklessness of and crass insensitivity of the past government in the nonpayment of salaries, non-implementation of full CONTESS, the non-release of fund for capital projects among others.
He said that in spite of all these challenges confronting it union and members for integrity and survival, the union has fearlessly, dauntlessly and tirelessly engaged in the struggle for emancipation of member’s right.
Declaring the Conference open, the Provost of the Kwara State College of education, Dr AbdulRaheem Yusufu expressed delight that such an august gathering is being brought to his domain, Ilorin, Kwara state.
The provost who said that he has always been a part of the plight of the said that though he was a unionist before his appointment, he would never do anything against the interest of his fellow comrades adding that however, the dialogue, which the union believes in is a better approach in solving conflicts.
Highlight of the conference is the presentation of awards to deserving members who had fought the course of the union without fear of favour, among who is Alhaji Amuda-Kanike, Mr Oladapo Tesleem Olalere and Alhaji A. A. Ibraheem.
Reaction on behalf of other colleagues Amuda – Kanike said that ethnicity or religion is not a consideration in unionism adding that despite being an indigene of Ilorin he was undeterred in leading the struggle against oppressors of the members of his union when he was chairman of the union in his chapter.