The Tutorial Workers Union of Universities, on Tuesday, insisted that Nigerian universities within the nation aren’t able to re-open in the intervening time.
The Union stated it finds it tough to return to courses in the midst of a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Recall that the Nationwide Universities Fee (NUC) had earlier directed the lecturers to return to courses on January 18, 2021.
However ASUU is demanding that the Nigerian Authorities ought to evaluation the choice owing to the rise in COVID-19 instances across the nation.
“Our concern is rooted within the security of our members,” ASUU’s Nationwide President, Biodun Ogunyemi, instructed Channels Tv’s Dawn Day by day on Tuesday.
“What occurs to congested hostels, crowded lecture rooms? What versatile preparations are in place? It’s a scenario of emergency. I’m undecided the Universities can cope,” he stated.
When requested if e-learning was an choice for universities, the ASUU President stated the mandatory infrastructure was not in place.
“We’re conscious that some universities are placing measures in place, with various studying fashions,” he stated, including “some are even making an attempt blended courses, digital and bodily.
“However these efforts are restricted. They get to some extent they’ll’t go additional.
“ASUU has been speaking about revitalisation since 2012. These are a few of the areas the place the help would have helped. Universities want big funds to do that.
“Individuals are saying begin digital courses, however greater than 60 p.c of our college students will run into hassle – they’ll’t afford information or smartphones.”
ASUU had on Wednesday December 23, 2020 known as off its ten-month-old industrial motion.
The extended strike was as a result of Federal Authorities’s delay in assembly the agreements reached with the union.
In the meantime, the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) reported 1244 new instances of COVID-19 infections within the nation..
NCDC reported that the nation now has a complete of 1,361 deaths because the begin of the pandemic.
Nigeria now has over 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 instances.