ASUU faction expresses readiness of universities to reopen amid COVID-19 pandemic

ASUU faction expresses readiness of universities to reopen amid COVID-19 pandemic

The National Co-ordinator, Congress of University Academics (CONUA) — a breakaway faction of the Association of Senior Staff of Universities (ASUU), Dr ‘Niyi Sunmonu, on Saturday, August 29, said its members were ready to resume work.

Sunmonu said this in a statement he issued after its National Executive Council meeting; and also made available to newsmen on Saturday in Lagos.

He urged the Federal Government to reopen universities; as well as put in place infrastructure and COVID-19 protocols that would facilitate resumption in the institutions.

1st News had also reported that CONUA was an association of lecturers from five universities following cracks in ASUU.

The new Union was announced at the end of its stakeholders’ forum at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in October 2019.

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”CONUA members are ready to resume work.

”Everything necessary in terms of COVID-19 protocols must be put in place before reopening the universities in order to prevent students and staff from contracting the disease.

”The education sector cannot continue to stagnate. As it appears, COVID-19 would continue to be a threat and we must, in the circumstance, learn to strive to lead our normal life

”The Union urges the government to make available everything that can help our universities to resume work as it is being done elsewhere in the world,” he said.

Sunmonu said CONUA condemned the intimidation as well as harassment of some of its members; by some university administrations and likewise ASUU members within the university system.

He said that freedom of association as entrenched in the Nigerian constitution; a provision that allowed every academic the freedom to join any union of his or her choice.

”No amount of molestation or vilification can take the union away from the path of progressive unionism.

”Adequate measures, as far as the law and constitution of Nigeria permits will be taken against anyone who is using intimidation or employing any other odious means to threaten our members,” he said.

Sunmonu lauded university administrations which held meetings to promote academic staff members; during the COVID-19 lockdown.

1st News gathered that members of the new union were Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife; Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma; Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FUOYE); Federal University, Lokoja (FUL); and Kwara State University (KWASU), Molete.

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