Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is unsafe to reopen universities now.
The Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) had issued a directive to the effect that all universities be opened on January 18.
ASUU claimed that government hadn’t put precautionary measures in place.
ASUU chairman, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) chapter in an interview with Punch said the hostel and classes doesn’t in anyway conform with prevention guidelines.
He said, “COVID-19 is very real and this second wave is as real as described. We cannot afford to toy with our health and the health of our dear students 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 government to have addressed the obvious deficits in the public universities during the lockdown and strike, they were playing to the gallery.”
NUC and the FG haven’t released any official response to this effect.