Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) has said that the Nigeria’s ailing education sector would snowball further into comatose if government continues to close universities indefinitely.
The legal icon while declaring the the mass closure of the universities as illegal, said such would in the long run turn out to be disastrous to education.
Acccording to him, Government should not defer the resumption of universities earlier slated for January.
He made this remark on Wednesday, in Ado-Ekiti at a news conference.
Babalola was lending his voice to the statement credited to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu which said that the January 18 scheduled for the government for school resumption would be reviewed.
He said: “I am of the firm view that mass closure of schools is unconstitutional, disastrous and counterproductive.
“It is certainly unjust to the parents, teachers, students and proprietors of schools and also violates the rule of natural justice.”
Making reference to the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, he said: “The USCDC said universities are different in terms of size, geographical location, and structure and in their abilities to put in place measure that will guarantee minimum risk to students and teachers in their schools, which in turn will ensure undisrupted and on-campus learning for students.
“On the contrary, universities which do not possess these facilities are within high risk category.
“I hereby strongly advise that the Federal Government should stop mass closure of schools. All schools, particularly the private universities that have the required world class health facilities and have complied with Presidential Task Force regulations, which will enable them to implement low medium risk measures, ought not and should not be shut down.
“To shut them down with those which don’t have such facilities is unjust and violates natural justice and therefore unconstitutional