The Academic Staff Union of Universities has insisted that Nigerian Universities are not ready to re-open in the middle of a second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Disclosing this on a Channels TV programme on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, ASUU’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said “Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members. What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the Universities can cope.”
When asked if e-learning was an option, the ASUU President said the necessary infrastructure was not in place; stressing that Universities with alternative learning models, such as blended classes, virtual and physical, are with limited efforts, “they get to a point they can’t go further”.
The National President noted that ASUU has been talking about revitalisation since 2012, “these are some of the areas where the assistance would have helped. Universities need huge funds to do this.”
The National Universities Commission (NUC) had earlier directed Universities to resume academic activities on January 18, 2021, but ASUU is asking the Federal Government to review the decision, as more COVID-19 cases continue to be reported across the country.
On Monday, January 11, 2021, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 1,244 new cases and three more deaths.