A authorized luminary and founding father of Afe Babalola College, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), has described as unconstitutional, the mass closure of Nigerian universities by the federal authorities on account of COVID-19 pandemic.
Babalola stated such motion would grow to be counterproductive and disastrous to the schooling sector, particularly closing down of personal colleges with out prior session.
Babalola spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti at a press convention, espousing his views about try by the federal authorities to defer the resumption of universities earlier slated for January 18.
He was reacting to the assertion credited to the Minister of Training, Mallam Adamu Adamu, that the January 18 earlier set by the federal authorities for college resumption can be reviewed.
Expressing opposition to mass closure of universities, the authorized Icon stated: “I’m of the agency view that mass closure of faculties is unconstitutional, disastrous and counter productive .
“It’s actually unjust to the dad and mom, academics, college students and proprietors of faculties and in addition violates the rule of pure justice”, he said .
Babalola disclosed that america Centre for Illness Management and Prevention had put all these into consideration when it formally really helpful that universities needs to be accorded preferential therapy below ColOVID-19 when it comes to operations.
“The USCDC stated universities are completely different when it comes to dimension , geographical location , construction and of their talents to out in place measure that can assure minimal danger to college students and academics of their colleges, which in flip will guarantee undistrupted and on-campus studying for college kids.
“Quite the opposite, universities which don’t possess these services are inside excessive danger class.
“I hereby strongly advise that the federal authorities ought to cease mass closure of faculties. All colleges, significantly the personal universities which have the required world class well being services and have complied with Presidential Activity Pressure laws which can allow them to implement low medium danger measures ought not and shouldn’t be shut down.
“To close them down with these which don’t have such services is unjust and violates the instances of pure justice and subsequently unconstitutional”.
He stated his eleven years outdated college has been having a easy and uninterrupted educational calendar earlier than abrupt disruption by COVID-19, thereby stalling operations and closure of the college regardless of the world class services it parades to stop the unfold of the deadly illness.
The authorized luminary added : “The FG ought to know that colleges in Ekiti are safer than that positioned within the coronary heart of Lagos. We should take into account the geographical location. Any employee right here who goes to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt goes for particular check and 7 days isolation. This underscores the extent of our preparedness”.
He urged the federal authorities to emulate overseas nations by paying the salaries of lecturers within the personal universities, which had been shut down due to COVID- 19.
Babalola reminded the FG that ought to the low danger personal universities stay shut down to attend for prime danger one will make the ivory towers stay in comatose for lengthy .
On whether or not he’ll method the court docket to problem the closure of personal universities, Babalola stated: “I’m not going to court docket, as a result of now we have not exhausted the choice of negotiation and native treatment. I’m a pal of the FG and I do know that the Legal professional Normal of the Federation (AGF) will look into it”.
On how his college has been affected adversely, Babalola clarify that; “We are able to’t even quantify our losses. We now have been following worldwide normal, which was September to July educational session earlier than this international drawback.
“We now have executed seven convocations in ten years . We used to pay salaries on the twenty fourth of the months and no one has been sacked regardless of this suspension of labor. However this has affected our purse. How can we be paying for companies not rendered? That is unfair.
“That’s the reason we’re calling on the federal authorities to pay the salaries of staff in personal universities, in the event that they nonetheless need to proceed with this closure. That was the strategy adopted in overseas nations”.