Reactions from Nigerians on social media have continued to trail the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)' comment on the reopening of tertiary institutions across the country during the Covid-19 crisis.
The lecturers' body had on Monday, August 31, issued a note of warning to the federal government, saying attempts to reopen higher institutions without putting concrete steps to curb the spread of the virus would be "suicidal."
Lagos zone of ASUU led by Prof. Olusiji Sowande, lamenting the government's poor handling of the coronavirus, said it is unfair that bailout funds were given to airline operators and other private entities while education sector was completely overlooked.
ASUU warned that the government must be prepared to take responsibility if there is any spike in Covid-19 should schools be reopened.
"Reopening tertiary institutions without taking concrete steps to address these issues would be suicidal. While the government made arrangements for special bailout funds for airline operators and other private entities, no such arrangement was made for public universities," Sowande submitted.
Taking to social media, some Nigerians knocked ASUU for the submission and argued that there is no reason schools should not be reopened since other sectors are gradually reopening.
A social media user said has spent close to 2 years embarking on strike and yet they have nothing to show for the money they have been paid.
Another social media user said: "ASUU said its suicidal to re-open University now, but if the FG pays the bill and clear everything, it becomes safe & not suicidal. I don't know if they are taking Nigeria student for fools or think the little they've learned is just how to toast their children."
"I don't even know what's right with ASUU this year... All had been wrong with them in 2020 so far Face with rolling eyes," a comment from another Nigerian read.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the proposed resumption of academic activities in Lagos and some other states of the federation, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has called for caution among the stakeholders.
The secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, cited how such haste escalated the COVID-19 management situation in some other countries.
Mustapha said it would be in the best interest of Nigeria to stick to the pattern proven effective since the national response was launched.
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