Reconsider opening schools, ASUU tells FG


By Abba Gwale

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reaffirmed its stand on calling Federal Government to consider its first directives on reopening schools across the country.

ASUU President, Professor Biodun made this call while speaking on Channels TV program Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

Recall that the union called on the Nigerian government to reconsider its earlier directives given by National Universities Commission (NUC) of opening schools on January 18.

But as a result of rising cases of COVID-19 pandemic the Union is urging FG to review the directives.

Professor Biodun said “Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members, what happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the Universities can cope.”

He added that “We are aware that some universities are putting measures in place, with alternative learning models,” he said. “Some are even trying blended classes, virtual and physical but these efforts are limited. They get to a point they can’t go further”.

He further said “ASUU has been talking about revitalisation since 2012. These are some of the areas where the assistance would have helped. Universities need huge funds to do this.

“People are saying start virtual classes, but more than 60 per cent of our students will run into trouble – they can’t afford data or smartphones.” He concluded.

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