Breakaway ASUU faction, CONUA tells FG the Union is ready to resume work

Lecturers under the aegis of Congress of University Academics (CONUA) have asked the Federal Government to reopen tertiary institutions in the country as its members are ready to resume work. The group, a breakaway faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities made this call in a press statement on Wednesday after its National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja.

The statement, which was signed by CONUA’s National Coordinator, Niyi Sunmonu, was titled ‘Stop intimidation of CONUA members’.

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The lecturers however added that everything necessary in terms of COVID-19 protocols must be put in place before reopening the universities in order to prevent students and staff from contracting the disease.

According to CONUA, the education sector cannot continue to stagnate, as it appears that COVID-19 would continue to be a threat and we must, in the circumstance, learn to strive to lead our normal life.

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The union therefore called on the government to equally make available everything that can help our universities to resume work as is being done elsewhere in the world.

CONUA also condemned alleged intimidation and harassment of some of its members by “some university administrations and some other unions within the University”.

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