The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has joined the campaign to curb the spread of the coronavirus by providing some intervention materials.
The materials included sanitisers, handbills and posters as well as jingles aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the pandemic.
ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, flagged off the distribution of the materials in Ibadan Tuesday.
Ogunyemi, who was represented by Dr Ade Adejumo, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, commended the University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU for blazing the trail in activating the union’s programme towards stemming the tide of the dreaded coronavirus.
” To demonstrate our concern 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.
“For us in ASUU, this is not an occasion for blame game or buck passing. However, it calls for sober reflection on what we need to do differently with our health and education.
“We talk of our health because that holds the key to our wealth, and our education because, without it, we are going nowhere in the advancement ladder among the comity of civilised nations,” he said.
In his address, the chairman of University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Professor Ayo Akinwole, said curbing the spread of the disease call for the patriotism of all Nigerians.
“This is a huge task and it calls for patriotism among Nigerians to stay isolated, stay safe and report people with the symptoms associated with COVID-19 to the authorities.
“The federal and state governments need a command structure to be able to stem the tide of this global problem in our country.
“This structure should include teams of researchers, scholars and medical scientists, not groups dominated by bureaucrats and politicians.
“The governments need to get input from the Committee of Chief Medical Directors at both the state and federal government levels.NAN)