Prof. Abdulkadir Mohammed, Acting Zonal Coordinator of the Union in charge of Kano, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Kano.
Mohammed said that provision of the COVID-19 safety guidelines were critical to the protection of students and staff as well as stem further spread of the pandemic.
He said: “The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country laid bare the infrastructural deficit, not only in the Universities, but other sector of education.
“This is as a result of the continuous refusal of government to heed to the ASUU calls for proper funding of the institutions, to make them globally competitive since 1992.
“Our previous agreements with the government in 1992; 2001, 2009 and 2017 NEEDs Assessment reports have all made adequate provisions for the infrastructural needs of our Universities to make them cope with the COVID-19 protocols.
“With lack of running water and electricity, overcrowded classrooms, poorly spaced hostels, libraries, laboratories and offices, non of the Universities will satisfy the requirements of social distancing.
“The Union is not averse to the reopening of public Universities, before the resumption, government must provide the necessary conditions that will make it safe for our members and the students to avoid spike in virus infections.”
Mohammed further stressed the need for the Federal Government to recommence and conclude the negotiation of the 2009 agreements based on International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) bargaining principles.
The Coordinator said the Union, however, observed with dismay, the alleged takeover of the Hospitality and Tourism Institute (former Daula Hotel) by the Kano State Government.
He noted that due process was not followed in the process.https://nnn.ng/schools-reopening-asuu-tasks-fg-on-covid-19-safety-protocols/
Ministries of Interior, Transportation, others make presentations at 16th virtual FEC meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 16th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) with some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) expected to make presentations at the meeting.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ministers of Interior, Ra’uf Aregheshola; Finance, Zainab Ahmed; Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Godswill Okpabio, Niger Delta; Timipre Sylva, Minister of State, Petroleum and Justice, Abubakar Malami are expected to make presentations at the council meeting.
Other departments and agencies expected to make presentations are the Nigeria Correctional Service and the Nigeria Customs Service.
NAN reports that eight ministers including that of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola joined the president at the Council Chamber for the meeting.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan as well as other cabinet ministers are participating in the meeting from their respective offices in Abuja online.
New NSCDC Commandant assumes duty in Minna
Mr Haruna Zurmi, the new Commandant of the Niger Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assumed duty in Minna.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASCI Nasiru Abdullahi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Minna.
According to him, Zurmi takes over from Mr George Edem who has been redeployed to Edo as Commandant.
He said that the new commandant urged officers and men of the command to be resilient in intelligence gathering and to be committed to their duties.
The spokesman said that the new commandant also reiterated his readiness to work round the clock to tackle crimes in the state.
He also called on officers and men of the command to stand up to their responsibilities.
NEMA distributes relief materials to flood victims in Kebbi
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Wednesday, distributed relief materials to victims of flood disaster in some major communities of Suru Local Government Area of Kebbi.
Muhammad, who was represented by the Head of Planning, Research and Forecasting Unit, NEMA Sokoto Operations Office, Tukur Abubakar said the relief materials consists of food stuff, building materials and other household items.
He said the items distributed he said are: 349 bags of beans, 349 bags each of rice and guinea corn, 36 kegs of vegetable oil, 58 cartons of seasoning, 29 cartons of tin tomatoes and 18 bags of salt.
Others, he said, are 698 pieces each of mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets and wax prints, 600 bags of cement, 600 bundles of roofing sheets, 70 bags of nails and 140 packets of zinc nails.
Also speaking, the Chairman of SEMA, Alhaji Sani Dododo, attributed this year’s flooding in the state to high rainfall, which led to the discharge of water from Goronyo dam in Sokoto state and Bakolori dam in Zamfara.
Dododo said that the flood resulted to the death of many people and destruction of farmlands and houses in communities along Rima River.
He appealed to the federal government, NGOs and individuals to assist the flood victims. .
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Covenant University appoints Williams as Acting Vice- Chancellor
The Board of Regents, Covenant University, Ota, has appointed Prof. Akan Williams as Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Institution.
Mr Attat Emmanuel, Information Officer of the Institution, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Ota.
“The appointment of Williams was approved on Tuesday, following the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero.
“Williams was born on Feb. 16, 1970 in Calabar, Cross River State, he is a native of Itoko, Ibesikpo-Asutan Local Government Area (LGA) of Akwa Ibom.
“He is a Fellow of Chemical Society of Nigeria; a former Chairman, Ogun Chapter, Chemical Society of Nigeria; member, Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria; member, Royal Society of Chemistry and a member American Chemical Society among others,” he said.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Ali Baba-Inuwa