“Don’t Reopen Schools Now” – ASUU Tells President Buhari

Airtel Nigeria Call services
Social sharing

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration not to reopen schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the country.

The ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi made this known in Ota, Ogun.

According to him, the Federal Government needed to address the challenges of education sector before it can talk of reopening schools.

Ogunyemi urged the Federal Government to provide ideal environment and should take the lead by meeting the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before reopening schools.

“The Federal Government must lead and show the ways by meeting the conditions for reopening of schools before any school can be allowed to open, because COVID-19 pandemic is a health challenge.

“When it comes to public health, it is something that should not be left in the hands of individual, but the Federal Government must take the lead,’’ he said.

The ASUU president listed the conditions spelt out by NCDC to include: provision of materials for regular washing of hands, face mask, isolations centres, space for social distancing and hands sanitiser.

Ogunyemi said that many of the schools do not have financial capacities to meet those conditions and requirements for reopening of schools.

“It is suicidal to reopen schools now, if the Federal Government itself could not meet the conditions spelt out by NCDC and World Health Organisation (WHO).

“The nation will expose the innocent children to risks which is avoidable,” he said.

Ogunyemi noted that how many of these schools could afford to provide hand sanitiser, saying that many of them do not even have running water, not to talk of having facility for washing hands.

He added that many schools do not have enough spaces to promote physical distancing.

The ASUU president said that putting all these requirements needed together, to reopen schools in the country now would run to millions of Naira, which most schools could not afford.

Ogunyemi appealed to the Federal Government to provide the running funds for the principals and head teachers so that they could provide some of these facilities in their schools.

He further said that inadequate funds by many parents would hinder them from providing some of these amenities needed for reopening of schools.

Ogunyemi said that the Federal Government needed to tell Nigerians the steps they intended to take in reopening schools.

The ASUU leader said that for government not to tell people their minds was like running away from “our shadow” which would later hunt the country.

Advertisements
About Wisdom Nwedene 7589 Articles
Wisdom Nwedene is a seasoned investigative reporter. He is currently an editor @9News Nigeria and also a social media strategist, writer, freelancer. Wisdom Nwedene has also interviewed many top Nigerian celebrities and Politicians.To always get our news update on WhatsApp, call or text 'add me' to. ,+234703 4977317 or send me message via Facebook : Wisdom Nwedene(https://www.facebook.com/wisdom.nwedene) Share your story with us: +234703497 7317 ( Call & SMS only) Email: Nwedenewisdom@gmail.com

Be the first to comment

Leave your comment

UBA Bank
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic

    World Health Organisation sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Post Views: 6 GENEVA/ZURICH (9News Nigeria) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up an independent panel to Read more

    Advertisements
  • Africa urged to test more as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

    Africa urged to test more and wear masks as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Post Views: 3 NAIROBI (9News Nigeria) – African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease Read more

    Advertisements
  • “I Am Ready To Pray For Coronavirus Patients In Isolation Centres” – TB Joshua Says

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Post Views: 4 Pastor Temitope Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has said that he is ready to virtually offer prayer Read more

    Advertisements
  • The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha

    JUST IN:FG asks states to prepare more bed spaces as COVID-19 cases rise

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Post Views: 1 The Federal Government on Thursday asked state governments to prepare more bed spaces for COVID-19 patients as the number of Read more

    Advertisements
  • Buhari thinking what next

    Nigerian govt warns hospital MDs over rejection of patients, says they would be held responsible for deaths

    Social sharing

    Social sharing Post Views: 3 The Federal Government on Thursday warned medical directors of hospitals in the country against rejection of patients for fear of Read more

    Advertisements