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COVID 19: ASUU vows to resist any attempt by FG to re-open schools

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Academic Staff Union of Union of Universities, (ASUU) has warned the Federal government against re-opening universities to avoid increase in COVID-19 cases. 

ASUU warned the federal government not to succumb to pressures from private universities who are ‘out of business and eager to open shops’.

Acting Zonal Coordinator, ASUU Kano Zone, Prof. Abdulkadir Muhammad while addressing a press conference in the state on Tuesday, vowed that it would resist any attempt by the Federal Government’s plan to reopen universities until all the necessary conditions that would guarantee the safety of its members and students were put in place, Vanguard reported.

“The nation’s universities lacked the necessary equipment and facilities to cope with COVID-19 protocols for schools resumption as outlined by the NCDC”.

“With lack of steady water supply and electricity, overcrowded class, poorly spaced hostel rooms, libraries, laboratories and staff offices, which of our universities will satisfy the requirements for social distancing?” Muhammad asked. 

“The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country had exposed the infrastructural deficit not only in the universities but other sectors of education in the country. This is as a result of continuous refusal of Government to heed to ASUU calls for proper funding of our universities to make them globally competitive since 2019,” 

Muhammad added. Muhammad further said “the experience of other countries with even better facilities that have opened and later closed due to spike in COVID-19 cases should guide our thoughts or next line of action”

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