Why we are against re-opening of Universities amid pandemic – ASUU

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Academic Staff Union Universities on Tuesday insisted universities are not to re-open the middle a second wave the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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

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

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

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

“We are aware that some universities are putting 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.

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

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

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