Following the recent suspension of ASUU strike, the National Universities Commission had said that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.
The body has however made it known that though its members are ready to commence work, the government had not put measures in place for safe reopening of the schools. They made this known following the hike in Covid-19 cases and deaths, which rose to 99,063 and 1,350 respectively on Saturday.
The union Chairman at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said classroom and hostel situations in universities did not in any way confirm with COVID-19 protocols.
Egbedokun further said no preparations had been made so far for the safe re-opening of the universities and urged parents to insist on safety before re-opening.
He further stressed that “There are no preparations for safe re-opening of the universities and I think parents must insist on safe re-opening. The current classroom and hostel configurations in our universities do not in any way confirm with the PTF (Presidential Task Force) on COVID-19 protocols. There is no way universities can achieve that. I have said this elsewhere, that rather than for the government to have addressed the obvious deficits in the public universities during the lockdown and strike, they were playing to the gallery.”
However, Abiodun Olanrewaju, who is the OAU Spokesperson said that the university management was ready for the resumption and had made necessary provisions for “a lot in relation to the COVID-19 protocols” in a bid to ensure safety.