OYOGist.com has learned that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has assured that the government’s insensitivity towards health and education as well as its lip service towards good governance would not prevent it from being socially responsible to society.
ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made the declaration on Tuesday, March 31, while launching the hand sanitisers and media campaign materials produced by the University of Ibadan branch of the union.
He spoke through the Ibadan zonal chairman of the union, Prof. Adejumo, said the inability to effectively manage and control the COVID-19 in Nigeria was a result of government’s insensibility to the education sector and public good. Addressing journalists in a socially distancing atmosphere, the ASUU leader regretted that the Nigerian education and by extension the health sector are in comatose because of the infected people in government.
He said, “Today we are talking about coronavirus that is possing to us globally. Let us come to know that our education is now in comatose because of the viruses in human beings that we have in government.”
Ogunyemi who faulted those who dismissed comments of those who blame Nigerian academics for not addressing the pandemic using their experts, asked those people to ask, “has the government-funded education?”
Professor Ogunyemi who enjoined people to keep safe, also emphasised that the pandemic does not respect low and high statuses in society.