Thursday, January 21, 2021

ASUU insists Nigerian universities are not ready to re-open

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities says Nigerian universities are not ready to re-open in the middle of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) had earlier directed universities to resume academic activities on January 18.

ASUU is asking the federal government to review the decision, as more COVID-19 cases continue to be reported across the country

On Monday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,244 new cases and three more deaths.

ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi said the union’s concern is rooted in the safety of members.

When asked if e-learning was an option for universities, the ASUU President said the necessary infrastructure was not in place.

ASUU recently called off a ten-month-old strike over demands related to salary structure and government support for universities.