“It’s unsafe to reopen universities now due to COVID-19” – ASUU

After calling off 9-months strike, ASUU says it is unsafe to re-open varsities now as COVID-19 guidelines are absent.

This was said on Sunday, January 10, in reaction to the directive of the National Universities Commission that universities could resume on January 18.

According to ASUU, although its members were ready to start work, the government had not put measures in place for the safe reopening of the schools.

The union Chairman at the Obafemi Awolowo, University, Osun State, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, said classroom and hostel situations in universities did not in any way conform with COVID-19 protocols.

“COVID-19 is very real and this second wave is as real as described. We cannot afford to toy with our health and our dear students’ health in the name of resumption, which is politically motivated.

“There are no preparations for safe re-opening of the universities and I think parents must insist on safe re-opening. The current classroom and hostel configurations in our universities do not in any way conform with the PTF (Presidential Task Force) on COVID-19 protocols. There is no way universities can achieve that.

“I have said this elsewhere, that rather than for the government to have addressed the obvious deficits in the public universities during the lockdown and strike, they were playing to the gallery,” Egbedokun said.

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