The Pro-chancellor of Achievers University Owo (AUO), Dr Bode Ayorinde has urged the federal government to reopen higher institutions in the interest of nation building.
Ayorinde stated this in Owo on Monday during a meeting with staff of the institution after it reopened for workers after 19 weeks of closure.
He said the educational system will collapse if the government did not take the bull by the horn by reopening schools for students.
According to him, there are some professional courses that can’t be run online due to their practical nature.
He added that the federal government should put in place machinery to ensure the smooth reopening of schools. This he said will also avert massive depletion of the Labour force.
Ayorinde who urged the staff to maintain all the protocols regarding covid-19 safety measures, said the University has provided hand sanitizers and washing hand basins at the entrances of offices.
Similarly, Dr Ayorinde allayed the fears that staff would be retrenched due to the economic effect of the pandemic. He said the University will continue to pay the staff as and when due.
He reiterated the commitment of the University to continuously go with the current trend of digital economy, adding that the process of admission and registration would be now move fully to virtual reality.
Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Aje who was meeting the workforce for the first time, urged them to be proactive and take their research more importantly.
He disclosed that the second semester online examination will be conducted before the end of August.
Earlier, the Registrar, Rev Canon Bayode Oladimeji in his opening remarks expressed gratitude to God that the staff returned safely to the school without recording any casualty to the deadly coronavirus.
Source: The Precision NG