Sunday, 17 January 2021

ASUU backtracks on statement about School resuming on the 18th of January

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU have debunked claims that it is opposing schools' resumption for 18th of January. 

The Union's National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known via it's official Twitter handle, Thursday morning.

According to the tweet, Ogunyemi explained that the position of the union was that both the government and university authorities have not complied with the COVID-19 guidelines spelt out for resumption before lectur­ers and students are allowed to return for learning.

In an earlier controversial tweet by the Union the National President was quoted as saying that "Universities are unlikely to resume on January 18 due to second wave of Covid-19, stating that Nigerian Universities are not prepared for resumption due to its lack of preparation and unavailability of Covid-19 Preventive Equipment s for both staff and students.

"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 The Union Chairman Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Dr Adeola Egbedokun was quoted.

Similarly, Dr Adebayo Oni, Chairman of ASUU-FUNAAB, added that "The lecture halls are overcrowded. As of today, in my own campus, I have not seen any facility for hand washing. Who is to provide sanitizers? Do you expect lecturers to provide sanitizers for themselves. Fumigation of the environment from time to time should be done. 

"It is definitely a threat to the resumption of academic activities. The fact is that under this circumstance and looking at the threat of the figure, going physical with students would be more disastrous.

Conducting physical session, physical lectures with students would be more disastrous