School Resumption: Students, Lecturers Bemoan Lack Of Covid-19 Prevention Facilities.

Following the federal government’s directive that federal universities should resume on Monday scanty students at the University of Ibadan resumed to complete the 2018/2019 session.

Our correspondent, who monitored the situation at the institution reported that final year students were rounding off their project work while others were discussing their home stay experience as well as the havoc caused by COVID-19 and the nine months ASUU strike.

A visit to some of the hall of residence and lecture rooms, showed that there were no facilities put in place in accordance with the COVID 19 safety protocols.

In an interview, the president, Student Union Body, University of Ibadan chapter, Mr. Olusegun Akeju lamented poor preparation and funding of the University saying their future ambition were being traded with by government.

In the same vein , the immediate past Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Professor Deji Omole and the current Chairman, Professor Ayoola Akinwole bemoaned the lackadaisical attitude of government to education funding , adding that though members had called off their strike on the 24th of December, 2020 they would not be allowed to be exposed to the danger posed by Coronavirus.

Radio Nigeria also gathered from the Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union, NASU, U.I chapter, Mr. Malachy Etim that the warning strike earlier suspended last week, might commence after a Congress of the Union slated for tomorrow.

Mr. Etim explained that a number of pending issues were yet to be resolved by the federal government which he said might affect resumption should government fail to accede to their demands as well honour their 2009 agreement .

Some students, who spoke with Radio Nigeria, appealed to government to do the needful by meeting the demands of the unions and ensure adequate provision of facilities to prevent further hitch in the academic calendar.

Rotimi Famakin

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