The Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) has defined that Nigerian universities is probably not reopened even when the federal authorities orders the resumption of all colleges amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The president of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, in a phone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, on Sunday, additionally clarified his place on the reviews that the union urged the federal government to not reopen colleges till 2021.
The federal government on March 19 ordered the closure of all tertiary, secondary and first colleges nationwide over the outbreak of the lethal virus within the nation.
A number of days after the federal government’s directive, ASUU commenced an indefinite strike, which continues to be on.
The union commenced the strike over the federal authorities’s choice to withhold the salaries of its members who defied the order of presidency to enrol within the Built-in Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS).
Whereas the federal authorities has now issued a suggestion for resumption dates for closing yr college students in main and secondary colleges, nothing has been stated about tertiary establishments.
Mr Ogunyemi whereas talking with our correspondent stated, “First, we didn’t say colleges shouldn’t be reopened till 2021. We solely suggested that colleges be reopened anytime it’s thought-about secure for our youngsters.”
“They’ve introduced out tips and situations for college resumption, they need to now supervise and be sure that these situations are met. Past formulating a coverage, they need to see to its implementation. So, we’re saying it isn’t only a matter of placing issues on papers however implementation from main colleges to tertiary establishments”.
Talking additional, Mr Ogunyemi stated even when the federal government ultimately reopens colleges, it has nothing to do with universities battling with a sequence of disaster.
“Speaking of universities, it must be famous that the crises are past COVID-19. There are elementary crises that may make universities reopening longer and inconceivable for now. We had lengthy informed authorities our place and till they meet essential situations, universities should not resuming even after COVID”.
“There are excellent points and authorities will not be prepared to repair our universities and supply enabling studying setting. For example, we’re speaking about revitalisation… if our establishments are properly outfitted, there isn’t a motive why coronavirus ought to cease tutorial actions.
“You can not speak about social distancing in universities with out speaking about extra lecture rooms. So, we’ve got two crises delaying resumption. The well being crises and the refusal of presidency to make our universities customary,” he stated.
Mr Ogunyemi urged the federal government to pay as a lot consideration to training as it’s paying to well being.
“Authorities mustn’t take note of well being sector and neglect training sector. If the may elevate taskforce to look into COVID-19, they need to accomplish that to handle the challenges of training sector which embrace revitalisation funds for universities in order that our establishments may be as much as customary.”
In the identical view, the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) and another college students who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES have expressed their displeasure over the lengthy closure of Nigerian establishments.
In a press release by its Zone D coordinator, Kowe Amos, NANS stated the refusal of authorities to take proactive steps reveals a “lack of political will linked to years of unseriousness and recklessness on the a part of our political workplace holders.”
“Nonetheless, it have to be made identified that on the receiving finish of this indecisiveness are college students which are left idle at house with nothing worthwhile being achieved to make sure that college students resume to courses.”
Ought to the federal authorities ultimately ask colleges to renew, college directors will comply, however Mr Ogunyemi’s clarification signifies the lecturers won’t be resuming courses till ASUU’s considerations are addressed.