ASUU Asks FG to Close Universities Until 2021
There have been a series of questions and speculations about the possibility of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to Call off Strike this year 2020 and also the possibility of Universities under ASUU to resume full academic session this year?
Well the hope of ASUU to call off strike this year is uncertain, this is because the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday Rejected N30 Billion Released By the federal government (FG) to pay striking University Lecturers.
This is not a good update regarding the issues surrounding ASUU Strike, It could be recalled that the meeting between FG and ASUU became very engaging after the intervention of the senate.
The chances of ASUU to call off strike this year is pretty slim following the recent disagreement by the federal government and ASUU.
ASUU Chapters in all the Universities Nationwide have rejected the proposal of the federal government to payN30 Billion to striking University Lecturers.
What is our faith, will ASUU Call off Strike this year?
One of the ASUU Chapters revealed to us in a telephone call that the Union won’t resume this year if FG fails to meet up with the 2009 agreement, he further revealed that the 2019/2020 is a waste following the shutdown of schools for over 6months due to the outbreak of the deadly virus covid-19 and ASUU Strike.
It could be recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had advised the federal government to allow schools remain closed until 2021 to ensure adequate preparations before reopening.
Schools have been closed since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biodun Ogunyemi, president of ASUU, told newsmen in an interview that the government shouldn’t take such chances unless parents sign an undertaking.
Any hope on resumption this year due to ASUU Strike?
“Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year. They too have exams to write; safety first. If it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians, so be it,” Ogunyemi said.
“So, if that will help us to address cases that can lead to an increase in mortality, I think Nigerians should go that way and all of us should see reason for it.
“If they need to cancel admission for the year, it is good for them. Life matters first, people must have life first before they can go to university. Are the universities ready to work now?
“Our position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalise and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not as if the door is totally closed.”
Ogunyemi added that ASUU has not seen any evidence to show that there are adequate safety measures in place for students to resume.
“The first thing that should be tackled is whether schools are safe. And if the schools are not safe, why do you want to carry out an experiment with the lives of our children?” he queried.
“An attempt to send back the children to school at a time there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is like experimenting with the lives of our children.
“If they put all the things in place, including social and physical distancing, sanitisers, kitting the children as we see in other places, decontamination with water flowing in the schools and all the gadgets, why not?
“So, if the government can meet all these conditions, then they can reopen the schools. But if they cannot meet all these conditions, they should not experiment with even 10 students in any school.”
Lastly, he stated that lectures and students can’t risk resuming when all covid-19 measures are not put in place, NCDC has also cautioned Nigerians that they are possibility of entering another raise of Covid-19 cases due to the ongoing #Endsars protests.