The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Bauchi Zone, insists the country is not prepared for the reopening of schools, warning that “it will be very disastrous.”

“It is now clear to all that neither ASUU ‘s struggle nor COVID-19 protocols now comply with the reopening of universities,” the union’s Zonal Coordinator, Professor Lawan Abubakar said during a press conference at Jos University.

“We must avert this impending disaster because it will be very disastrous if we go ahead and open universities with the way we are now.”

Professor Lawan stated that adherence to COVID-19 guidelines would be a long battle, with the government’s lacked attitude towards funding public universities.

“With the way the government is handling issues of funding universities, it will take us ten years from now before [the] government will put the necessary facilities to comply with the COVID-19 protocols,” he added, claiming that the government “believes that the solution to COVID-19 pandemic does not exist in our universities.”