The last has not been heard between the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Calabar, UNICAL, branch, and the Federal Government as ASUU accuses the Federal Government of not being interested in growing Education in the country.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had earlier said that government was reviewing the January 18 resumption date but the ASUU Chairman of UniCal, Dr. Edor Edor said the continuous back and forth was an indication that the government has failed woefully, scoring it very low in creating a conducive environment for those in the academic sector.
Adamu while making the announcement about the resumption said the date was under review due to the spike in the figures of COVID-19 cases across the country.
Edor, while speaking with the DAILY POST said: “Having regards to the abysmal and shameful failure of the federal government to put in place infrastructure of public universities in other to make them conducive for learning and teaching, the Presidential Task force on COVID-19 on Monday said resumption is under review.
According to him, “This is a clear admission of federal government’s failure to do the needful in public universities.
“If we have conducive lecture theaters, conducive hostels, conducive offices and infrastructure, if they have possible water, have ordinary taps as one of the COVID-19 protocols is saying that wash your hand frequently with soap under running water before sanitizing then why will the federal government be shifting resumption of schools.
“They know that those things are not in place, so it will be unsafe for students, academic and non-academic staff to return back to school in the face of the spike of the new and resilient variance of the COVID-29 virus.
“This should send a signal to members of the forth estate of the realm, to parents, to Nigerians that what ASUU has been drumming by asking federal government to inject finances into the revitalization of universities, COVID-19 has come to lay it bear.
“We are now confronted face-to-face with the fact of the depth of poverty and paucity of infrastructure in public universities.
“Of course, ASUU has suspended strike so right now we have picked up our tool which we downed on March 23, 2020 and we are ready to work but federal government is saying we should hold on, we can’t go back to work because it’s risky.”