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It’s unsafe to reopen varsities now, COVID-19 guidelines absent – ASUU

Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday assessed COVID-19 protocols in the universities and said the institutions were not ready for safe reopening of Schools.

The  National Universities Commission that said previously that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.

ASUU said although its members  were ready to start work, government had not put measures in place for safe reopening of the schools.

ASUU’s concern came amid coronavirus cases and deaths, which rose to 99,063 and 1,350 respectively on Saturday.The union Chairman at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, in an interview

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aid classroom and hostel situations in universities did not in any way conform with COVID-19 protocols.Egbedokun further said 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.

Holding physical lectures now  will be disastrous, says FUNAAB ASUU

ASUU at the Federal University of Agriculture,  Abeokuta  said the university was not ready to cope with COVID-19 challenges.

The Chairman of ASUU-FUNAAB,  Dr Adebayo Oni, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday,  stated,  “The lectures halls are overcrowded.  As of today, in my own campus,  I have not seen any facility for hand washing  Who is to provide sanitisers? Do you expect lecturers to provide sanitisers for themselves?

Fumigation of the environment from time to time should be done, How do you cope with students surge and  the challenge of power supply ?”

Oni said the union had observed that conducting physical lectures with students would be more disastrous.

He described   as alarming,  figure  of COVID-19.  He said, “It is definitely  a threat to the resumption of academic activities.

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