Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, has threatened that higher institution of learning in the country may not open even if the Federal Government meet all the guidelines it has listed for reopening of schools.
The President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, said the closure of universities in the country, which was as a result of FG’s implementation of Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS), predates the COVID-19 pandemic.
He accused the government of neglecting the education sector and called for it to be given equal attention like the health sector.
“Talking of universities, it should be noted that the crises are beyond COVID-19. There are fundamental crises that will make universities reopening longer and impossible for now. We had long told government our position and until they meet necessary conditions, universities are not resuming even after COVID.
“There are outstanding issues and government is not ready to fix our universities and provide enabling learning environment. For instance, we are talking about revitalisation… if our institutions are well equipped, there is no reason why coronavirus should stop academic activities.
“You cannot talk about social distancing in universities without talking about additional lecture rooms. So, we have two crisis delaying resumption. The health crisis and the refusal of government to make our universities standard.
“Government should not pay attention to health sector and neglect education sector. If the could raise taskforce to look into COVID-19, they should do so to address the challenges of education sector which include revitalisation funds for universities so that our institutions can be up to standard,” he said