COVID-19: PTF made up of politicians quite than researchers – ASUU laments

The Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised considerations over the composition of the Presidential Process Pressure on COVID-19, saying the group is simply made up of politicians quite than researchers, which portrays the federal government as unserious.

The Union additionally decried the shortcoming of the federal government to adequately fund Universities to provide high quality and competent personnel that might drive the well being sector to a greater pedestal.

This was disclosed by the Zonal Coordinator, ASUU, Bauchi Zone, Prof. Lawan Abubakar whereas fielding questions from journalists on the Union’s Secretariat, College of Jos.

Abubakar stated, “ASUU needs to reiterate that COVID-19 is actual; we’ve got seen distinguished Nigerians fall victims of the pandemic.

“However we should additionally say that the federal government haven’t been taking the battle in opposition to the unfold of the pandemic with the specified seriousness.

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“You may think about, there isn’t a single researcher within the Presidential Process Pressure (PTF) on COVID-19 arrange by the federal government.

“There is no such thing as a gainsaying the actual fact that there’s a sturdy connection between schooling and well being; good well being is a product of excellent schooling.

“It’s the funding in high-quality schooling, notably on the tertiary degree, that produces competent and environment friendly medical and paramedical staff who in flip drive the well being system to its highest degree,” he stated.

Abubakar additionally decried the shortcoming of hospitals within the nation to reply meaningfully to early waves of the virus, including that many of the well being services had been just about empty.

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“We don’t want to attract a diagram to show that the Chinese language huge pool of researchers, scientists, docs, nurses, laboratory technologists and different medical personnel had been largely drawn from their Universities and allied institutes to decisively reply to COVID-19 challenges.

“It’s unlucky to notice that Nigerian Universities had been accorded little or no position within the efforts to reply to the pandemic due to previous neglect which ASUU has continually engaged authorities about.

“Authorities in Nigeria appears to imagine that the answer to the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t exist within the Universities,” he lamented.

The Coordinator known as on the Federal Authorities to be extra proactive and interact related stakeholders to take the battle in opposition to the virus severely.

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