The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to think conscientiously before reopening schools in the country.
The Union National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this in an interview with the with reporters in Ota, Ogun.
According to him, the Federal Government needed to address the challenges of the education sector before it can talk of reopening schools.
Ogunyemi charged the Federal Government to provide the ideal environment and should take the lead by meeting the conditions spelt out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before reopening schools.
“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 the individual, but the Federal Government must take the lead,’’ he said.
The ASUU president listed the conditions spelt out by NCDC to include: provision of materials for regular washing of hands, face mask, isolations centres, space for social distancing and hands sanitiser.
Ogunyemi said that many of the schools don’t have financial capacities 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 are avoidable,” he said.
He appealed to the Federal Government to provide the running funds for the principals and headteachers so that they could provide some of these facilities in their schools.