BRANCHES of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday assessed COVID-19 protocols in the universities and said the institutions were not ready for safe reopening.
ASUU chapters made the assertion while commenting on the directive of National Universities Commission (NUC) that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.
Speaking in his reaction, Chairman at Obafemi Awolowo University ASUU, Adeola Egbedokun, said although its members were ready to start work, government had not put measures in place for safe reopening of the schools.
According to him, classroom and hostel situations in universities did not in any way conform with COVID-19 protocols, stressing further that no preparations had been made so far for the safe re-opening of the universities and urged parents to insist on safety before re-opening.
Also, Chairman of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) branch of ASUU, Musa Babayo, said that the government and institutions did not show any sign of seriousness in handling COVID-19 issues when the union was on strike.
According to him, ASUU in ATBU had yet to see any tangible improvement in students’ hostel accommodation, classrooms and other things needed for COVID-19 protocols.
“The coast is now very clear since has ASUU suspended its strike and it has gone further to show how government and institutions are not serious in the handling universities, particularly the issues of COVID-19. When you talk about ATBU and resumption whether ASUU is satisfied, I can tell you that we have yet to see any tangible improvement, whether in hostel accommodation, classrooms and other things needed for COVID-19 protocols,” Babayo said.
Speaking in similar vein, Chairman of ASUU at the University of Jos, Lazarus Maigoro, said the association was concerned about the second wave of COVID-19.
He, therefore, urged the management of the university to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols on resumption.
Maigoro who expressed concern over the second wave of COVID-19 said his members expected university authorities to comply with the COVID-19 protocols to contain the spread of the disease in the institution.