- ASUU has urged FG to take a "lead by example" in the reopening of the institutions of learning nationwide
- Speaking through its national leadership, the body stated that the ban imposed on schools due to Covid-19 must not be lifted
- The ASUU leader, Biodun Ogunyemi, said many institutions do not have the financial potentials to meet the guidelines and conditions laid down for the ban to be lifted
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Amid ongoing pressure on the federal government, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned against the reopening of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country.
Speaking on Monday, June 29, ASUU national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, submitted that the federal government needed to address the challenges of the education sector before it can consider reopening of schools across the country.
Ogunyemi urged the government to provide an ideal environment and should take the lead by meeting the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before reopening the various education centres and higher institutions.
“The federal government must lead and show the ways by meeting the conditions for reopening of schools before any school can be allowed to open, because COVID-19 pandemic is a health challenge.
“When it comes to public health, it is something that should not be left in the hands of individual, but the federal government must take the lead," Ogunyemi said.
The pedagogue also listed the conditions spelt out by NCDC to include: provision of materials for regular washing of hands, face mask, isolations centres, space for social distancing and hands sanitiser.
The ASUU leaders said that many of the schools do not have financial capacities to meet those conditions and requirements for reopening of schools.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the central efforts to end the coronavirus crisis seem to have been punctured as some schools in Lagos state have deployed all possible strategies to reopen against the federal government's directive.
The government had imposed a total lockdown on schools across all levels as part of measure to stem down the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the lockdown now in its third month.
Findings, however, revealed that some private primary and secondary schools in the commercial capital city have been reopening - albeit under various cunny guises.
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