The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has warned the Federal Government to drop it plan of reopening schools.
ASUU National president, prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who made this disclosure while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Ota, Ogun state, on Monday, said the Union has frowned at the FG decision to re-open schools due to the corona virus disease currently ravaging the country.
According to Oguniyemi, FG should first meet the condition spelt out by the Nigeria Center For Disease Control(NCDC) before reopening schools.
He said: “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 however, spelt out the NCDC guidelines, which includes: provision of materials for regular washing of hands, face masks, hand sanitizer isolation centers and space for social distancing.
The ASUU president further explained that most schools are not financially buoyant enough 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.
Oyunyemi noteted that how many schools could provide hand sanitizer for it students, he said most of them don’t even have running water let alone having facility for washing hands.
Many of these schools did not even have enough space to promote social distancing, and the FG will need millions of Naira in other to provide these amenities, he said.
He further explained that many of the parents are not financially buoyant to provide those amenities needed in reopeningof schools.
Ogunyemi finally urged the Federal Government to spelt out to Nigerians, plans that will be put in place in reopening of schools.