Vice-Chancellors of some federal and state universities in Nigeria have expressed readiness to reopen colleges.
Although the Educational Employees Union of Universities had stated that varsities weren’t prepared for reopening, the VCs stated that they had deliberate to reopen their establishments as directed by the Federal Authorities.
One of many VCs of a federal college within the South-West informed our correspondent that it was mistaken for ASUU to say that there have been no pointers for reopening varsities.
Aside from the scare arising from the second wave of COVID-19, one other VC stated a few of them (VCs) had deliberate to stagger resumption.
“I feel ASUU ought to start to talk to details. Inasmuch as we don’t want the COVID-19 outbreak on our campuses, we had our plans. Some educational actions can resume for lessons with just a few populations,” one of many VCs informed our correspondent on the phone.
“LASU lately held examinations for college students in compliance with COVID-19 pointers, and it went properly. What do they imply by saying there isn’t any guideline for reopening?” one other VC queried.On his half, VC of the Federal College of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. Felix Salako, stated the varsity would resume educational actions on January 18, in compliance with the directives of the Federal Authorities.
Salako maintained that the college was able to resume educational actions, saying that measures had been put in place, together with COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the Federal Authorities.
He stated it was mischievous and political for any lecturer to go to the media to say that the college was not prepared for tutorial actions.
Salako famous that the college had undergone fumigation greater than 10 instances since March 2020, simply as there had been large infrastructural rehabilitation.
He added that the administration had been producing its personal hand sanitisers, in addition to procuring hand-washing basins and soaps wanted to maintain the scholars and members of workers protected from contracting the virus.
The vice-chancellor additionally stated the college could be operating what he described as “hybrid” educating, a mixture of bodily and digital studying, whereas no fewer than 150 photo voltaic panels had been put in in a few of the buildings, to supply different sources of electrical energy and facilitate the deliberate hybrid system of studying supply.
“The digital studying will handle massive lessons, just like the half one college students, however for fewer lessons, we’ve massive halls to accommodate the scholars”, NAN quoted Salako as saying.
In the meantime, the College of Ilorin has began on-line lectures as scheduled.
The administration of the College of Benin additionally introduced that the establishment would resume on January 30.
Additionally, the Senate of Bayero College Kano, on Monday, authorized the graduation of a brand new educational session on January 18, 2021, whereas the second semester would start on Could 3, 2021.
The GOLDENNEWSNG gathered that the Senate of Ekiti State College had additionally introduced that the establishment would resume on-line educational actions from January 18.
Deputy Director, Company Communications and Protocol of the Federal College of Know-how, Akure , Mr Adegbenro Adebayo, stated educational actions will resume on January 18 for its college students.
The Public Relations Officer of the Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile-Ife, Biodun Olarewaju, stated the Senate of the establishment would meet on January 19 to determine when its college students would resume.
Topic to the choice of the Senate, the spokesperson stated OAU would put in place all needed preparations in compliance with COVID-19 protocols to make sure security within the college setting.
The chapters of the union, in separate interviews with The GOLDENNEWSNG, commented on the directive of the Nationwide Universities Fee that universities may resume on January 18, however should adhere to COVID-19 protocols in hostels and lecture halls.
ASUU stated though its members have been prepared to begin work, the federal government had not put measures in place for the protected reopening of the colleges.
The Minister of Schooling, Adamu Adamu, stated on Monday that FG would overview the January 18 earlier date fastened for resumption of faculties throughout Nigeria.
It attributed the choice to the second wave of COVID-19 at present ravaging the nation.
Adamu stated, “It (January 18 date of college reopening) isn’t sacrosanct. After we selected that date it was only a goal in direction of what we have been engaged on. After all, we’re maintaining it in view and taking a look at what is going on in society after which it’s imagined to be topic to fixed overview.”