- ASUU has vowed not to resume work until the federal government meets their demands
- According to the union, they are not opposed to reopening of universities
- However, it cautioned against such a move which it described as an open invitation to a tragic explosion of COVID-19
Following the lack of breakthrough in its negotiation with the federal government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed not to resume academic activities until its demands are met.
This was disclosed by Prof Ade Adejumo, coordinator, Ibadan zone of ASUU, in Ilorin, capital of Kwara state, The Nation reports.
Going further, Adejumo insisted that the union is not opposed to the reopening of universities but “throwing schools open in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic is an open invitation to a tragic explosion of the scourge on a scale never witnessed anywhere since its outbreak!
"Even if universities are opened today, our strike which was predicated on government’s readiness to honour its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with us continues.
“It is our responsibility to call the government’s attention to its duties to the nation and its citizens, this we have done and there is no going back," he insisted.
Ibadan zone of ASUU comprises the University of Ibadan (UI), University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Osun State University (UniOsun), Kwara State University (KWASU), and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that despite the National Universities Commission (NUC) asking ASUU to prepare for resumption according to COVID-19 safety protocols, the union has raised an alarm that tertiary institutions are not ready.
The coordinator of the Lagos Zone of ASUU, Prof. Olusiji Sowande who revealed this on Monday, August 31, warned that if steps to curb the spread of the viral disease are not taken it would be “suicidal” for universities to resume.
According to The Nation, Prof. Sowande addressing reporters at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state, said no concrete steps had been taken by the government in any of the public universities to safeguard the health of its members and students should institutions resume.
Legit.ng had also reported that the minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba assured students that universities across the nation will resume very soon as the pressure on the federal government to reopen tertiary institutions continues to grow.
Nwajiuba disclosed this on Monday, August 24, while responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja.
Though the minister did not announce any specific date for resumption, he, however, urged all students to stop protesting and bear with the government a little bit more.
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