ASUU warns against schools resumption; claims physical distancing impossible for both students and lectures.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned the federal and state governments on the decision to reopen academic activities in Nigerian Institutions.
ASUU claims the early resumption of academic activities may lead to a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus desease as many public institutions have no facilities to abide by the preventive measures.
The President of the Union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi made this statement in an interview with Tribune Education on Thursday.
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According to Prof. Ogunyemi, many public institutions in Nigeria are facing challenges of overcrowding in their lecture halls.
He added that many of those government owned institutions have poor sanitary system and lacking in running water to mention but few.
The President therefore claimed that it will be impossible to follow COVID-19 preventive measures which are majorly “Physical distancing and personal hygiene.”
Buttressing his point, Ogunyemi added that many states, such as Lagos and Kano states with high infectious rate are currently in a state of confusion as to how well to handle the rising number.
The Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye (OOUA) lecturer turned the blame on the political leaders for poor economic structure of the country, claiming it is designed for the rich to be richer and the poor, poorer.
He claimed that is the sole reason there is nothing to fall back on at critical times like this except to go back to the private sectors and those who had benefitted so much from the system.
He therefore reemphasized the government’s need to take one step at a time on the plan to reopen schools.
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“So, government would need to take it softly in reopening schools as we cannot afford to face a worse scenario of COVID-19,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, 745 new cases of coronavirus disease was discovered in Nigeria on Thursday, making the total number of cases in Nigeria 18,480 so far.
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