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COVID-19: ASUU donates intervention materials

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PRESIDENT, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),  Biodun Ogunyemi on Tuesday flagged off ASUU intervention materials to sensitise the public and check the spread of the dreaded coronavirus at the University of Ibadan.

  The intervention materials produced by the University of Ibadan Chapter of the union include over one thousand 100ml of Handsanitisers, sensitisation jingle in Pidgin and English languages, posters in three major languages and hand gloves.

  While addressing the press at the University of Ibadan, ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi who was represented by the Zonal Coordinator of Ibadan Zone, Prof Ade Adejumo said the union has made her members available to help in checking the menace of COVID-19.

  The president called on federal and state governments to work with Nigerian scientists, researchers, epidemiologists to flatten the curve of the spread.

  He maintained that Nigeria must do what China has done to reduce the ravaging effects of the virus.

  “We cannot confront the challenge by bemoaning our fate. What is expected is that we join forces to do what China and other well-organised societies have done to “flatten the curve”. ASUU acknowledges that public Information, Education and Communication (IEC) is key to success, backed up with access to health facilities and basic medicaments.

  To demonstrate our concerns for the welfare and well-being of the Nigerian people, ASUU members nationwide shall be willing to work with medical and paramedical workers as volunteers in their public enlightenment and professional intervention initiatives. All our branches shall explore areas of strategic collaboration with federal, state and local governments to provide support in terms of information and expert skills drawn from our membership across the nation

In his address, the Chairman, UI ASUU, Ayo Akinwole said despite being owed two months of salaries, the union will not abandon her people through making interventions.

 He said that the current predicament has further validated ASUU’s call for appropriate funding of public education and infrastructure.

  According to him, the intervention materials will be distributed to University College Hospital (UCH), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), University health center, Oyo State Ministry of Health among others.

 Akinwole maintained that a government who budgeted N46billion for health in 2020 budget can now see that there is need to fund public health and education to be able to achieve national security.

 “As part of the Nigeria crisis, occasioned by the bad governance and criminal abandonment of the constitutional responsibility of public purpose, it was not surprising that our health facilities were not equipped and staffed to respond to emergencies such as the Coronavirus pandemic otherwise called COVID-19. All kits donated by China Billionaire, Jack Ma foundation must be distributed to centers to conduct more tests,” Akinwole noted.

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