ASUU Kick Against University Reopening, Says People Calling For It Are Cash Cow To Some Governments

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Calabar zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that Universities clamouring for the re-opening of Nigeria Universities are those serving as cash cows to some governments.

The Coordinator of the zone, Dr Aniekan Brown of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Uyo (UNIUYO) who made the assertion while briefing newsmen Monday in Uyo, stressed the need for members of the public to know that it was unreasonable to contemplate re-opening universities because the facilities to ensure the safety and lives of students, lecturers are not in place.

Brown maintained that the COVID-19 pandemic actually exposed the vulnerability and frailties of the country in the different sectors of the economy especially the Education sector as Nigeria Governments have ingloriously exhibited gross inability to meet the standards set by COVID-19 advisories in the country’s public schools.

He said, “government has reneged on that agreement as we speak. Let’s be fair, if you know the total number of students that take certain courses and then you take that side by side with the available spaces, you will know that Government has set protocols, but the reality on our campuses suggest that Government is not ready.”

“Therefore, it will be illogical to contemplate re-opening the universities when the facilities to take care of people are not there. Remember it is the lives of people that we are talking about, lives of students, and lecturers.”

He added, “When you consider these things, then you feel you are duty-bound to let the Government know that it should be responsible. So we owe Nigerians the duty of compelling Government to do the needful.”

“Some universities serving as a Cash cow to some governments are clamouring for the re-opening of our universities. The very impetus for this is to continually exploit Nigerians via fees. Regrettably, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 protocols and advisories will be enforced. What facilities do we have to ensure the protocols would be kept?”

“One thing is obvious: they don’t care about the safety and lives of Nigerians; all they care for is how to exploit the system for their personal benefits. Just because of capitalist disposition, some people would want universities to resume so as to make money. They are capitalists. They are given to cupidity. With this, we have blown the whistle”

He also said it was shocking to note that in the face of the ongoing industrial action by the Union, COVID-19 pandemic, the lockdown and closure of Schools, particularly universities, some Vice-Chancellors were rigging the processes of appointments and promotions and in some cases with active connivance of staff of the IPPIS.

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