The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned the Federal government to refrain from opening tertiary institutions in the country without providing the necessary amenities needed in curbing the spread of coronavirus in schools. This statement was made on Monday, 31st of August, 2020.
Members of the union are of the opinion that, social distancing along with other counter-COVID 19 measures were impossible to abide by in tertiary institutions, especially in the public owned tertiary institutions where students are overcrowded, therefore reopening such schools will be a suicide attempt.
The National Vice-president of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodoke, has suggested that if the Federal Government wanted to reopen schools, they should first upgrade the educational sector. He made this known during an interview with THE PUNCH.
He called for the same treatment that was given to the children of top individuals who are returning to schools abroad via various airports in Nigeria, should also be given to those schooling in Nigerian institutions.
These concerns raised by members of ASUU are as a result of the statement of the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on the 22nd of August, where he stated that tetiary institutions in the country will reopen “very soon.”
In line with the resumption of schools, the Lagos State Government announced on Saturday, the 29th of August, instructing that all tertiary institutions in the state are to resume on the 14th of September, while primary and secondary schools will resume on the 21st of September.