By Mahmud Yahaya
It is unfortunate that all this time students spent at home while their education was brought to standstill, the ASUU and FG are insensitive to their situation. This is obvious that the Federal government deems the education of its citizens as valueless as sewage.
How insensitive was ASUU too, to have said varsities are not safe for reopening after giving students the hope of resumption by January. If primaries and secondaries could reopen few months back and concluded a term without single case of covid-19, where is more fit and safe to reopen than universities? Meanwhile, the ASUU took almost a year clamouring for improved education, and remuneration for its members but, failed to demand provisions necessary to check the spread of the dreaded covid-19 in our universities. Perhaps, they were overwhelmed by the billions released to them by the FG.
Was it not reported that the W.H.O said the corona virus might never go away and populations would have to learn to live with it just as they had with HIV?
Our markets are safe, our houses are safe, our religious centres are safe, other events centres are safe but, our universities are not. This is not just laughable but absurd. Why is our education relegated to worthless rank? Public university students spent almost a year at home as a result of the tussle between the ASUU and FG, a year gone wasted and period of obtaining a degree elongated, and no compensation for that.
Furthermore, the stance of ASUU on safe reopening of universities is evidently paradoxical to the struggle they claimed is for students. If truly, ASUU is fighting for students and not selfish interest, the issue of safe reopening ought to have been treated with utmost priority ab initio when they were busy contemplating the suspension of the industrial action not after they have told the world that the strike is no more and after having fixed date resumption. This is nothing short of a child’s play.
Similarly, if the Federal government is concerned with students’ safety and not playing its dirty games of politics with their education, it ought to have put all safety measures in place before fixing date for the resumption.
I think every student in tertiary institution is an adult, and old enough to adhere to covid-19 safety protocols.
If the corona virus pandemic has come to stay, we must not run away from it by sacrificing our education. It is sad that at the receiving end of all this hullabaloo are the students. 2020 was sacrificed, 2021 must not be!
Mahmud Yahaya is a student of Bauchi State University, Gadau
Faculty of Law
By Mahmud Yahaya