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

It’s unsafe to reopen varsities now, COVID-19 tips absent. Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday assessed COVID-19 protocols within the universities and stated the establishments weren’t prepared for secure reopening.

The chapters of the union, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, commented on the directive of the  National Universities Commission that universities may resume on January 18, however should adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.

ASUU stated though its members have been prepared to start out work, authorities had not put measures in place to secure the reopening of the colleges.

ASUU’s concern got here amid coronavirus instances and deaths, which rose to 99,063 and 1,350  respectively on Saturday.

The union Chairman of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, in an interview with one in every of our correspondents, stated classroom and hostel conditions in universities didn’t in any approach conform with  COVID-19 protocols.

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Egbedokun further stated no preparations had been made thus far for the secure re-opening of the colleges and urged mother and father to insist on security earlier than re-opening.

 No preparation for COVID-19 protocols insist on secure reopening, OAU ASUU tells mother and father

He stated, “COVID-19 could be very actual and this second wave is as actual as described. We can’t afford to toy with our well being and the well being of our pricey college students within the identity 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 confirm 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, stated the college administration was prepared for the resumption and had put in place “a lot in relation to the COVID-19 protocols” in a bid to make sure security.

Holding bodily lectures now  will probably be disastrous, says FUNAAB ASUU

ASUU on the Federal University of Agriculture,  Abeokuta stated the college was not prepared to deal with COVID-19 challenges.

The Chairman of ASUU-FUNAAB,  Dr. Adebayo Oni, in an interview with one in every of our correspondents on Sunday,  acknowledged,  “The lectures halls are overcrowded.  As of at this time, in my very own campus,  I’ve not seen any facility for hand washing  Who is to supply sanitizers? Do you anticipate lecturers to supply sanitizers for themselves?

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

Oni stated the union had noticed that conducting bodily lectures with college students could be extra disastrous.

He described it as alarming,  determine of COVID-19.  He stated, “It is certainly a risk to the resumption of educational actions.

“The reality is that underneath this circumstance and taking a look at the specter of the determine, going bodily with college students could be extra disastrous.  Conducting bodily session, bodily lectures with college students could be extra disastrous.

“The fact of the matter is that we now suggest a blended mannequin of on-line educating and possibly some degree of bodily teachings.

“Even the net educating additionally comes with its personal amenities which aren’t available.

“We don’t wish to be pessimistic to say that it isn’t going to be workable. However, it’s going to be in danger of our lives and the lives of our college students if the required amenities will not be supplied by the federal 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 the floor to point out ATBU prepared for resumption, say, lecturers

Also,  the Chairman of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University department of ASUU, Dr Musa Babayo, in a textual content message despatched to our one in every one of our correspondents, stated that the federal government and establishments didn’t present any signal of seriousness in dealing with COVID-19 points when the union was on strike.

He stated that ASUU within the ATBU had but to see any tangible improvement in college students’ hostel lodging,  school rooms, and different issues wanted for COVID-19 protocols.

Babayo stated that if the Federal Government had launched funds to universities, correct preparations for the protocols would have been made by the establishments.

He stated, “The coast is now very clear since has ASUU suspended its strike and it has gone additional to point out how authorities and establishments will not be critical within the dealing with universities, significantly the problems 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 college, Bauchi, Abdulkadir Shehu, informed one in every one of our correspondents that the resumption of scholars of the establishment had but to be introduced.

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

We are concern about the second surge – UNIJOS ASUU

The Chairman of ASUU on the University of Jos,  Dr Lazarus Maigoro, stated the affiliation was involved concerning the second wave of COVID-19.

He, subsequently, urged the administration of the college to make sure compliance with COVID-19 protocols on resumption.

Maigoro who expressed concern over the second wave of COVID-19 stated his members anticipated  the college authority to adjust to the COVID-19 protocols to comprise the unfold of the illness within the establishment

The Senate of UNIJOS will on Monday (at this time) maintain a gathering to determine whether or not the establishment will reopen for tutorial actions on January 18, 2021.

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

Abdullahi stated, “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 extra ferocious, we won’t expose our members to well-being hazards – UNICAL  ASUU chair

At the University of Calabar, the union Chairman, Dr. John Edor, informed The PUNCH that the affiliation wouldn’t enable its members to be uncovered to well-being hazards.

Edor acknowledged,  “As a union, we’re not too fast to speak. We will not be too quick to turn into meddlesome. They have stated faculties are permitted to renew on the 18th of January, 2021. If by then we see that the required issues will not be put in place for the resumption, the union will provide you with a place as a result of we’re not prepared to reveal our members to well-being hazards.

“That was why we went on strike, asking for the revitalization of public universities. Revitalization merely means conducive theatres, conducive hostels, workplaces, 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,  stated there could be a spike in coronavirus instances.

He acknowledged,  “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 forward of the college resumption, he stated he had seen some measures put in place by the college, however, that the potential for a rise in instances existed.

UNIPORT purchases 400  thermometers

The college had directed college students to renew on January 27, saying applicable measures had been put in place to verify the unfold of COVID-19 within the school rooms and hostels.

The Public Relations Officer of the college, Sammy Kpenu who disclosed this to one in every of our correspondents on Sunday afternoon, stated one in every of such measures was the acquisition of 400 thermometers to verify temperatures.

UNILAG Senate decides resumption date Wednesday

But Registrar of the University of Lagos, Mr. Oladejo Azeez,  stated the choice on the resumption of educational actions could be taken by the college’s Senate on Wednesday.

 the Senate would meet nearly on Wednesday to debate and determine the modalities of college students’ resumption and tutorial actions.

He stated, “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 administration of the University of Ibadan stated all the pieces could be accomplished to make sure that there was no spike in instances of COVID-19 amongst college students and workers.

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

But ASUU Chairman on the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Dr. Abubakar Sabo, stated he doubted if universities in Nigeria may meet the rules for stopping COVID-19.

Abubakar, who spoke to one in every of our correspondents in Sokoto, acknowledged that he was not conscious of measures being put in place by the administration of the  UDUD in the direction of 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 school rooms: Our battle for expanded  infrastructure justified, says UNILAG ASUU

While reacting to this difficulty of social distancing on campus, chairman, UNILAG department, Dr. Dele Ashiru, defined that the union had been justified over their agitations for enlargement of infrastructure in Universities throughout the nation.

He stated, “ASUU has been clamoring 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 now leaves more to be desired.”

We haven’t seen any measure in ABU – Lecturers

The Ahmadu Bello University Department of ASUU  stated though its members have been able to work,  it had not seen any measure put in place by the college.

ABU’s ASUU Chairman, Prof. Rabiu Nasiru, informed one in every of our correspondents in Kaduna on Sunday that the lecturers have been  put together to return to work.

He, nonetheless, expressed concern that no satisfactory measures had thus far been taken by the ABU administration in opposition to the unfold of the virus within the establishment.

He stated, “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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