On Monday the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) warned the federal government not to reopen schools, especially tertiary learning institutions.
ASUU has said it would be suicidal to reopen schools without understanding the need to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
The academic union regretted that the Federal Government did not consider it necessary to provide bailout funds to universities as it did for airline operators and other private companies, warning that the government should be prepared for any negative effects that could follow its proposed reopening of tertiary institutions.
The Lagos Zone of ASUU disclosed this while speaking at a press conference held at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, in Ogun State.
In his words, the zonal coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Olusiji Sowande, warned that having the students back on the campuses should not be the priority, but the atmosphere and conditions must also be right at this period of the pandemic.
Sowande maintained that there are no facilities on ground to effect social distancing in large and crowded classrooms and hostels.
According to him, water and electricity supply are nothing to write home about in the universities.
Sowande stressed that the education and health sectors have suffered years of neglect in Nigeria, which he said has resulted in poor infrastructure, lack of well-equipped diagnostic, testing and research laboratories as well as treatment centres in both sectors.