The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has stated that Nigerian universities are not ready to re-open due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Union urged the Federal Government to review the decision owing to the increase in COVID-19 cases around the country.
ASUU’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, said, “Our concern is rooted in the safety of our members.
“What happens to congested hostels, crowded classrooms? What flexible arrangements are in place? It is a situation of emergency. I’m not sure the Universities can cope.”
When asked if e-learning is an option for universities, the ASUU President said the necessary infrastructure was not in place.
“We are aware that some universities are putting measures in place, with alternative learning models,” he said, adding “some are even trying blended classes, virtual and physical.
“But these efforts are limited. They get to a point they can’t go further.
“ASUU has been talking about revitalisation since 2012. These are some of the areas where the assistance would have helped. Universities need huge funds to do this.
“People are saying start virtual classes, but more than 60 per cent of our students will run into trouble – they can’t afford data or smartphones,” he said.