By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos.
Students Union Government (SUG) of Federal College of Education (FCE) Pankhsin has threatened to lead demonstration in protest over the on going strikes in the college.
The College’s SUG President, Mr Steve Nkat made the threat on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen in Pankshin.
Nkat said that the college had, for some years now, been bedeviled by incessant strikes, “which have posed negative effects on the college. This we won’t tolerate, for enough is enough.’’
Academic activities of the college came to a stand still since July 1 when the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) commenced an indefinite strike action in protest over what they described as insensitivity of the college management to their welfare and plights.
This was three weeks after their counterpart; the Non-Academic Staff Union of the college had gone on strike in protest over cut in their salary.
Lamenting the condition they found themselves, Nkat described the strikes as “strikes too many’’ that had “weighed down so hard on us, the students’’
“We are looking at the option of leading fellow students at staging a demonstration that will see us storming the Federal Ministry of Education and the Plateau State Government House.
“We are tired with the issue of coming to school and going back home because of strikes by our lecturers; it has always been a recurring decimal in this college and that we won’t not tolerate.
“What we don’t know is why we the students are not being considered by these elephants who fight without end thereby putting such a burden on us and our parents,’’ he said.
The SUG President said, “we are law abiding students, who looking for how and ways on how to draw attention of the general public especially stakeholders to wade into the crises in the college.”
According to him, considering the economic challenges and the burden on their parents as well as elongation of students stay in college, the warring parties should sheat their swords for peace to reign in the college.
He noted that the incessant strikes would have a negative effect on the educational standard of the college as well as smear its good image before the public.
Nkat appealed to the striking academic and non academic staff of the college and the management to find a common ground to resolve the grey areas in the interest of the students and lecturers.