The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), has expressed its willingness to re- enter into fresh negotiations on the 2009 agreement with the Federal Government considering that implementing the agreement might no longer be feasible due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
In a thread of tweets on Sunday afternoon, the union said it was waiting for government’s invitation. It added that government could only discuss its offers while the NEC of the union reserves the right to take a final decision on the ongoing strike.
The union however noted that it is kicking against the reopening of universities because it is not convinced that the institutions are prepared to comply with the COVID-19 resumption protocols.
The Tweet read, “We are just waiting for the invitation. Whatever government has in mind; it is there that it will be discussed. And whatever government comes up with at that time, our representatives cannot say yes or no, it must be brought back to our members for our final say. It is only our NEC that has the right to accept government offer or reject it.
“ On the issue of reopening of universities, ASUU is kicking against the re-opening of universities because it is not convinced about the preparedness of these institutions to comply with stipulated NCDC’s COVID-19 protocols on opening of schools.
“Sometimes, you find about 1000 or more than 2000 students. How can social distancing be practised there and the issue of washing of hands they are talking about. How many universities have good running water systems?
“That is why we are now telling the government, let the universities ensure that they provide all these facilities as stipulated by NCDC, before this schools reopen.”