COVID-19: UNIJOS not sure of resumption, says ASUU

The chairman of the University of Jos branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr Lazarus Maigoro, says the management of the Institution has not discussed the issue of reopening of the university and level of readiness with the Union.

 Maigoro spoke at the weekend while reacting to the federal government’s directive that Nigerian universities are free to reopen.

According to him, the Unijos branch of ASUU does not support reopening of Universities in line with the position of its national body.

The chairman, who outlined the consequences of reopening the universities, noted that there is a lack of classrooms to take care of social distancing as contained in the COVID-19 guidelines, as most of the lecturers are within the vulnerable age and therefore will be risking their lives.

He also noted that there is no provision for isolation centres and equipment presently at Institution adding that the hostels are usually overcrowded and students will be vulnerable.

Maigoro also expressed dismay that the government has not supported the universities with funds to implement the COVID-19 guidelines to guarantee the safety of lecturers and the students.

The ASUU chairman further pointed out that the ongoing national strike by the Academic staff union of universities has not been resolved and even if universities reopen, there won’t be teaching and learning.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Seddi Maimako is yet to make comments on whether the school is prepared to reopen or not

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