Friday, January 15, 2021

ASUU expresses skepticism about readiness of Universities for resumption of academic activities

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Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities have assessed COVID-19 protocols in the universities and said the institutions are not ready for safe reopening.

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

ASUU’s concern came amid coronavirus cases which rose to 99,063 and deaths which increased to 1,350.

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

Egbedokun also said no preparations had been made so far for the safe re-opening of the universities and urged parents to insist on safety before re-opening.

Also FUNAAB ASUU said holding physical lectures now will be disastrous while ASUU at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta said the university was not ready to cope with COVID-19 challenges.

Similarly, the Chairman of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University branch of ASUU, Dr Musa Babayo said the government and institutions did not show any sign of seriousness in handling COVID-19 issues when the union was on strike.

However, the OAU spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju, said the university management is ready for resumption and had put in place a lot in relation to the COVID-19 protocols in a bid to ensure safety.