Reopening tertiary institutions without taking concrete steps to address COVID-19 would be suicidal

ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Monday, warned the Federal Government that attempts to reopen tertiary institutions without taking adequate steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 would be suicidal.
ASUU raised the alarm that the federal government should be ready for any possible negative consequences following its plan to reopen tertiary institutions.
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 forW 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.


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