ASUU: public schools not safe to reopen now

The Academic staff union of Universities ( ASUU), Monday, said it is still unsafe at this time for the nation’s public Universities to reopen fo academic activities… as there is just no significant facilities on ground to carry out the physical distancing guidelines in large and crowded lecture rooms.


Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday, made it clear that it is still unsafe for the nation’s public  Universities to reopen for academic activities

It also said even at that, the union is still on its industrial action which it commenced since March nationwide and would only call it off when demands are addressed by the government.

The Lagos Zone coordinator of the union, who is a lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), Prof Olusiji Sowande, gave this position in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday evening.
According to him, there is nothing different on the ground from what it used to be before COVID-19 issues in the nation’s public universities nor any noticeable concrete steps taking to address the terrible conditions that most of the universities are.

He said that student’s hotels are not only still inadequate, but there are no significant facilities and equipment on ground to carry out the social distancing guidelines in large places such like lecture rooms and other places in schools.

He also said that reopening of tertiary institution for now without taking concrete steps to these issues like providing there amenities in hotels such as water, electricity, among other needs are still unreliable and that is why is still unsafe to reopen tertiary institutions.

He further said the government would need to call for a physical meeting with ASUU leadership so as to resume their discussion on contentious issues for possible resolutions.

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