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COVID-19 Second Wave: It’s Unsafe To Reopen Varsities Now – ASUU

Branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday assessed COVID-19 protocols in the universities and said the institutions were not ready for safe reopening.

The chapters of the union, in separate interviews with The PUNCH, commented on the directive of the  National Universities Commission that universities could resume on January 18, but must adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.

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ASUU said although its members  were ready to start work, government had not put measures in place for safe reopening of the schools.

ASUU’s concern came amid Coronavirus 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 conform with  COVID-19 protocols.

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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.

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