It’s suicidal to reopen universities now says ASUU
It’s suicidal to reopen universities now says ASUU.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Monday, cautioned the Federal Government that endeavors to resume tertiary institutions without finding a way to curb the spread of COVID-19 would be destructive.
ASUU stated that the Federal Government would be held responsible for any possible negative consequences following its plan to reopen tertiary institutions.
These were the words of the Lagos Zone of ASUU said this while addressing journalists at a press conference held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
The zonal coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, lamented that the government made arrangements for special bailout funds for airline operators and other private entities but did not extend the same arrangement to public universities.
He cautioned that it is not enough to have the students back on the campuses but that the atmosphere and conditions must also be right.
According to the Coordinator who was flanked by the branch chairmen of the zonal and other officials,
Accommodations are inadequate, no facility on the ground to carry out physical distancing in large and crowded classes.
He added that water and electricity supply were not reliable in the universities.
He declared that years of neglect of both the education and health sectors in the country has resulted in inadequate infrastructure and lack of well equipped diagnostic, testing, treatment, and research laboratories in both sectors.
Sowande said “The response of the public universities to the call by the National University Commission for their readiness to reopen indicated that public universities are not ready
His Statement :
Presently, hostel accommodations are inadequate, no facility on the ground to carry out physical distancing in large and crowded classes, water and electricity supply are not reliable, etc.
“Reopening tertiary institutions without taking concrete steps to address these issues would be suicidal. While the government made arrangements for special bailout funds for airline operators and other private entities, no such arrangement was made for public
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