OYOGist.com has learned that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has sent a message to the Federal Government concerning education and Covid-19. In this message the organisation has called on the FG to declare a state of emergency in the sector of education and work towards raising funds to tackle the affairs that needs attention in the sector.
They are demanding the government to raise fund for educational sector just like they did for the containment of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. This information was passed to the Federal Government by The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, and he stated that the educational sector has suffered from poor funding and needs to be funded more than many sectors in the country.
He emphasized that some of the fund that was suppose to move to the educational sector was shifted to the medical sector for the purchase of ventilators and fight against Coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The professor revealed that the country where the virus first surfaced (China) was able to tackle their outbreak on time because because they resorted to public tertiary hospitals and all were properly funded.
He also accounted that the Federal Government has raised huge sum of money for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic because they saw it as a health emergency. He revealed that if the government fail to fund the educational sector, then the sector will end up producing medical doctors that are not qualified and that would be a disaster.
ASUU is asking the government to focus also on educational sector because once the sector lacks quality and equipments to train and produce quality graduates, then the country’s future will certainly be in a state of mayhem.