The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday urged the Federal Government to mobilise universities and research institutes to find a lasting solution to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The Chairman of ASUU, Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, Dr. Dipo Akomolafe, who made the call in a chat with journalists at the university, urged the federal government to provide funds for universities and research institutes and challenge them to find the solution to COVID-19.
He said: “If our universities and research institutes are mobilised and encouraged by the federal government, they will find the solution to the scourge of COVID-19.”
The varsity don said the closure of schools was not the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic and urged the government to put in place necessary facilities in schools to enable them to function safely.
Akomolafe added: “From the presentation of government so far, most deaths recorded from COVID-19 were from the ages of 60 above and the range of youths was not much. So the closure of schools over COVID-19 is not the option.
“The government should provide necessary facilities in schools to enable them to function safely and enforce its preventive measures to guide against the spread of the virus.”
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