A authorized luminary and founding father of Afe Babalola College, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has described as unconstitutional, the mass closure of Nigerian universities by the federal authorities because of COVID-19 pandemic.
Babalola mentioned such motion would develop into counterproductive and disastrous to the schooling sector, particularly closing down of personal colleges with out prior session.
Babalola spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti at a press convention, espousing his views about try by the federal authorities to defer the resumption of universities earlier slated for January 18.
He was reacting to the assertion credited to the Minister of Training, Mallam Adamu Adamu, that the January 18 earlier set by the federal authorities for varsity resumption can be reviewed.
Expressing opposition to mass closure of universities, the authorized Icon mentioned: “I’m of the agency view that mass closure of colleges is unconstitutional, disastrous and counter productive .
“It’s definitely unjust to the dad and mom, lecturers, college students and proprietors of colleges and likewise violates the rule of pure justice”, he acknowledged .
Babalola disclosed that america Centre for Illness Management and Prevention had put all these into consideration when it formally beneficial that universities needs to be accorded preferential therapy below ColOVID-19 by way of operations.
“The USCDC mentioned universities are completely different by way of measurement , geographical location , construction and of their skills to out in place measure that may assure minimal threat to college students and lecturers of their colleges, which in flip will guarantee undistrupted and on-campus studying for college students.
“Quite the opposite, universities which don’t possess these services are inside excessive threat class.
“I hereby strongly advise that the federal authorities ought to cease mass closure of colleges. All colleges, significantly the non-public universities which have the required world class well being services and have complied with Presidential Process Pressure rules which can allow them to implement low medium threat measures ought not and shouldn’t be shut down.
“To close them down with these which don’t have such services is unjust and violates the occasions of pure justice and due to this fact unconstitutional”.
He mentioned his eleven years outdated college has been having a easy and uninterrupted tutorial calendar earlier than abrupt disruption by COVID-19, thereby stalling operations and closure of the college regardless of the world class services it parades to forestall the unfold of the deadly illness.
The authorized luminary added : “The FG ought to know that colleges in Ekiti are safer than that positioned within the coronary heart of Lagos. We should contemplate the geographical location. Any employee right here who goes to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt goes for particular check and 7 days isolation. This underscores the extent of our preparedness”.
He urged the federal authorities to emulate international international locations by paying the salaries of lecturers within the non-public universities, which have been shut down due to COVID- 19.
Babalola reminded the FG that ought to the low threat non-public universities stay shut down to attend for top threat one will make the ivory towers stay in comatose for lengthy .
On whether or not he’ll strategy the court docket to problem the closure of personal universities, Babalola mentioned: “I’m not going to court docket, as a result of we’ve not exhausted the choice of negotiation and native treatment. I’m a good friend of the FG and I do know that the Legal professional Common of the Federation (AGF) will look into it”.
On how his college has been affected adversely, Babalola clarify that; “We will’t even quantify our losses. We now have been following worldwide customary, which was September to July tutorial session earlier than this world downside.
“We now have achieved seven convocations in ten years . We used to pay salaries on the twenty fourth of the months and no one has been sacked regardless of this suspension of labor. However this has affected our purse. How can we be paying for companies not rendered? That is unfair.
“That’s the reason we’re calling on the federal authorities to pay the salaries of staff in non-public universities, in the event that they nonetheless need to proceed with this closure. That was the tactic adopted in international international locations”.