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It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Nubber: 8:19am On Jan 11
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.

The chapters of the union, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, commented on the directive of the National Universities Commission 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 with one of our correspondents, said 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.

No preparation for COVID-19 protocols, insist on safe reopening, OAU ASUU tells parents

He said, “COVID-19 is very real and this second wave is as real as described. We cannot afford to toy with our health and the health of our dear students in the name of resumption, which is politically motivated.

“There are no preparations for safe re-opening of the universities and I think parents must insist on safe re-opening. The current classroom and hostel configurations in our universities do not in any way conform with the PTF (Presidential Task Force) on COVID-19 protocols. There is no way universities can achieve that. I have said this elsewhere, that rather than for government to have addressed the obvious deficits in the public universities during the lockdown and strike, they were playing to the gallery.”

But the OAU spokesperson, Abiodun Olanrewaju, said the university management was ready for resumption and had put in place “a lot in relation to the COVID-19 protocols” in a bid to ensure safety.

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 .

“The fact is that under this circumstance and looking at the threat of the figure, going physical with students would be more disastrous. Conducting physical session, physical lectures with students would be more disastrous.

“The truth of the matter is that we now propose a mixed model of online teaching and probably some level of physical teachings.

“Even the online teaching also comes with its own facilities which are not readily available.

“We don’t want to be pessimistic to say that it is not going to be workable. However , it is going to be at the risk of our lives and the lives of our students if the required facilities are not provided by the government.

“The truth is that the facilities to cope with the pandemic are not available in our institutions. It appears the government is not ready and our institutions are not helpful.”

COVID-19: Nothing on ground to show ATBU ready for resumption, say lecturers

Also, the Chairman of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University branch of ASUU, Dr Musa Babayo, in a text message sent to our one of our correspondents, said that the government and institutions did not show any sign of seriousness in handling COVID-19 issues when the union was on strike.

He said that ASUU in the ATBU had yet to see any tangible improvement in students’ hostel accommodation, classrooms and other things needed for COVID-19 protocols.

Babayo who said that if the Federal Government had released funds to universities, proper arrangements for the protocols would have been made by the institutions.

He said, “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.”

But the Public Relations Officer of the university, Bauchi, Abdulkadir Shehu, told one of our correspondents that the resumption of students of the institution had yet to be announced.

He said, “Yesterday (Saturday) fumigation of the school at both the Yelwa and Gubu campuses commenced and it will soon be concluded.”

We are concern about second surge – UNIJOS ASUU

The Chairman of ASUU at the University of Jos, Dr 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 the university authority to comply with the COVID-19 protocols to contain the spread of the disease in the institution

The Senate of UNIJOS will on Monday (today) hold a meeting to decide whether the institution will reopen for academic activities on January 18, 2021.

The institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications, Abdullahi Abdullahi, disclosed this to one of our correspondents in Jos on Sunday.

Abdullahi said, “We don’t know yet when UNIJOS will resume. The Senate will be meeting tomorrow (Monday) and that is where they will decide when the institution will reopen.”

Second wave more ferocious, we won’t expose our members to health hazards – UNICAL ASUU chair

At the University of Calabar, the union Chairman, Dr John Edor, told The PUNCH that the association would not allow its members to be exposed to health hazards.

Edor stated, “As a union, we are not too quick to talk. We are not too fast to become meddlesome. They have said schools are permitted to resume on the 18th of January, 2021. If by then we see that the necessary things are not put in place for the resumption, the union will come up with a position because we are not ready to expose our members to health hazards.

“That was why we went on strike, asking for revitalisation of public universities. Revitalisation simply means conducive theatres, conducive hostels, offices, laboratories and libraries.

“That is why we are saying let us wait till 18th of January and see how prepared Nigerian public universities are in the face of the second wave of COVID-19 which has come up with a more ferocious variant.”

At the University of Port Harcourt, ASUU Chairman, Dr Austen Sado, said there would be a spike in coronavirus cases.

He stated, “We have not been invited to inspect any facility in order to determine its suitability. So, we will wait until we get clarification on the resumption, then we will know whether there are things to contend with.”

Asked if he feared a spike ahead of the school resumption, he said he had seen some measures put in place by the university, but that the possibility of an increase in cases existed.

UNIPORT purchases 400 thermometers

The university had directed students to resume on January 27, saying appropriate measures had been put in place to check the spread of COVID-19 in the classrooms and hostels.

The Public Relations Officer of the university, Sammy Kpenu who disclosed this to one of our correspondents on Sunday afternoon, said one of such measures was the purchase of 400 thermometers to check temperatures.

UNILAG Senate decides resumption date Wednesday

But Registrar of University of Lagos, Mr Oladejo Azeez, said the decision on resumption of academic activities would be taken by the school’s Senate on Wednesday.

Azeez in an interview with The PUNCH, said the Senate would meet virtually on Wednesday to discuss and decide on the modalities of students’ resumption and academic activities.

He said, “Irrespective of what the Federal Government has said, the resumption of students or of academic activities is the prerogative of Senate. Senate of the university will decide and the meeting of the Senate is coming up on Wednesday; a virtual meeting. The law places this in the hands of the Senate and until Senate meets, there is no way anybody can say anything on resumption.”

The management of the University of Ibadan said everything would be done to ensure that there was not spike in cases of COVID-19 among students and staff.

The Director of Public Communication of the university, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Ibadan on Sunday.

But ASUU Chairman at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Dr Abubakar Sabo, said he doubted if universities in Nigeria could meet the guidelines for preventing COVID-19.

Abubakar, who spoke to one of our correspondents in Sokoto, stated that he was not aware of measures being put in place by the management of the UDUD towards the resumption date.

“The Federal Government and university authorities must ensure that, there is no spike on our campuses. I have doubt, if our universities can meet up with the standard and best practices to check the pandemic.”

Crowded classrooms: Our struggle for expanded infrastructure justified, says UNILAG ASUU

While reacting to this issue of social distancing on campus, chairman,, UNILAG branch, Dr Dele Ashiru, explained that the union had been justified over their agitations for expansion of infrastructure in Universities across the country.

He said, “ASUU has been clamouring for the expansion of infrastructure in the universities. This is a testimony to the justification of our struggles over the years because the situation as it is now leaves more to be desired.”

We haven’t seen any measure in ABU – Lecturers

The Ahmadu Bello University branch of ASUU said although its members were ready to work, it had not seen any measure put in place by the university.

ABU’s ASUU Chairman, Prof. Rabiu Nasiru, told one of our correspondents in Kaduna on Sunday that the lecturers were prepare to go back to work.

He, however, expressed concern that no adequate measures had so far been taken by the ABU management against the spread of the virus in the institution.

He said, “I haven’t seen any measure taken so far by the management of ABU, but since the senate of the university is meeting on Tuesday, once Senate meets, I know those issues will be raised and it will be discussed. But for now, I have not seen any measure taken.”

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by paradiseadams(f): 8:21am On Jan 11
Make una nor even try am o.i wan graduate by 2022 o.

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by olusun43(m): 8:30am On Jan 11
Won tun de ooo

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by teadrake(m): 8:35am On Jan 11
Stylishly telling us that you're still enjoying the holiday

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by projectreserve2: 8:42am On Jan 11
Imagine
Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Abdulhakeem78(m): 8:50am On Jan 11
They want the remaining 4 months salaries to be paid before returning to classrooms. FG and ASUU matters are long thinnnnnnnnnnñngs that need less attention. grin

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by seankafor(m): 8:50am On Jan 11
ASUU shying away from work while been payed exorbitantly..
Such a shame embarassed

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Drizzy5001(m): 9:11am On Jan 11
Una papa... Una dey find who una go frustrate... Waka

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Swipa: 9:53am On Jan 11
Nonsense corona fear
Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by samuelpeters(m): 10:15am On Jan 11
Which protocol pass to wear face mask and wash hands

All these ones na gra gra

If any school resume, if dm born ASUU well make dm no resume.

©️2021.

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Harrykn: 10:28am On Jan 11
My God!!
Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by SirWarlock: 11:13am On Jan 11
samuelpeters:
Which protocol pass to wear face mask and wash hands

All these ones na gra gra

If any school resume, if dm born ASUU well make dm no resume.

©️2021.


as much as I want schools to resume, i knew even those protocols won't be adhered to grin. But ASUU isn't thinking straight rn sad.

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by paulolee(m): 12:22pm On Jan 11
just imagine the rubbish excuse..churches are open, same with market places but schools aint safe abi?
I dnt blame them because they are getting paid n dnt wana work for it...

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by slawormiir: 1:11pm On Jan 11
Damnnn niggarrrr
ASUU nor want work

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by mathkid(m): 1:12pm On Jan 11
Hmmm

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by BigDawsNet: 1:12pm On Jan 11
Cant student resume on virtual classroom for the time being


All the school need is to provide a unique zoom ID number on each student portal

Attend your class online

It so simple...

Zoom works on mobile phone too

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Lorayne(m): 1:13pm On Jan 11
very very unsafe... if you resume now we might all get covid 19..... leave it till march abeg.

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by ecolime(m): 1:13pm On Jan 11
No be ASUU again?

I laugh whenever people sympathize with these guys.

They are probably the laziest workforce in the entire country. Left to them, schools won't open till 2030.

We must adopt a policy of "No work, no pay"

Useless bunch of educated illiterates.

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Agbn: 1:13pm On Jan 11
Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Olalekanbanky1(m): 1:13pm On Jan 11
Unserious people.
Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by MANNABBQGRILLS: 1:13pm On Jan 11
ASUU and their.......

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Okortor: 1:13pm On Jan 11
Double wahala for graduating student...wtf is wrong with dis govt+ASUU

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by GeneralPula: 1:13pm On Jan 11
A wise student would make use of this free time positively..

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by beautyhd: 1:14pm On Jan 11
Now, this is what we call original mogbe.

2019, someone I know was in 100 level, 2020 same 100 level, then 2021 same story. They should allow them finish a session,else depression and suicide will be on the increase.

We all should learn to leave with the virus, wear our masks and constantly wash our hands and sanitize.

Covid 19 is very real

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by Onnasucs1(m): 1:14pm On Jan 11
After they've collected money
Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by sonsomegrigbo: 1:14pm On Jan 11
Lazy lecturers!






BTW, what is the essence of going to those sex and cultism centres called universities and colleges?


Common power bank, you can not assemble not to talk of build.


And you see Illiterates from the Eastern state making all sort of electronics and equipments, clothing and even automobile.


Also the Illiterates from the Northern part of the country produce food for the country.





I spit on Nigerian education system.

Go to illiterate shops across the country, hardly will you not find graduates learning one skill or the other, imagine after wasting 20years learning how to read, write and speak that can be easily got at any market or church.

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Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by BuharisBoy: 1:14pm On Jan 11
God your Mercy on us
Re: It Is Unsafe To Reopen Universities Now – ASUU by optimistfeel(m): 1:15pm On Jan 11
OK

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