ASUU considers minister’s resumption statement as proof of government failure

NEWS DIGEST – On Monday, Minister of Education Adamu Adamu revealed that the  January 18 date for reopening of universities was under review.

The Calabar chapter of ASUU has said the statement is a clear admission of government’s failure.

Dr Edor J. Edor, ASUU chairman at the University of Calabar chapter, told Daily Post that the government had failed to do the needful in public universities, hence the need to review the resumption date.

“If we have [conducive] lecture theatres, conducive hostels, conducive offices and infrastructure, if they have possible water, have ordinary taps as one of the Covid-19 protocols is saying that wash your hand frequently with soap under running water before sanitising then why will the federal government be shifting resumption of schools.

“They know that those things are not in place, so it will be unsafe for students, academic and non academic staff to return back to school in the face of the spike of the new and resilient variance of the [Covid-19] virus,” Edor said.

Edor noted how the “abysmal and shameful failure” of the government to produce a conducive environment for academics reinforces the cry of ASUU for revitalization of tertiary institutions in the country.

“We are now confronted face-to-face with the fact of the depth of poverty and [paucity] of infrastructure in public universities.

“Of course, ASUU has suspended strike so right now we have picked up our tool which we downed on March 23, 2020 and we are ready to work but federal government is saying we should hold on, we can’t go back to work because it’s risky,” Edor added.

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, on Tuesday, clarified the minister’s statement on a possible review of universities resumption, which was blamed on the recent surge in Covid-19 cases recorded daily across the country.

Its National coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu said “As regards schools, I just want to make a clarification, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say they were going to change the date. He said they will review the situation and let the nation know.”