Afe Babalola condemns govt’s order to close universities


Chief Afe Babalola, Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) has criticised the government directive on the closure of universities in the country.

This measure is part of the efforts put in place by the authorities in Nigeria to forestall the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

But Babalola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said students of ABUAD are much safer remaining on the campus than being sent home where the risk is much higher.

He spoke at the university campus as four milestone projects were commissioned at the ABUAD Multi System Hospital on Saturday.

In the same vein, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo also, carpeted the Federal Goverenment over the closure of schools across the country.

According to the monarch, the government has usurped the responsibilities of the Senate of universities.

“The different universities Laws state expressly the duties and functions of the Visitor, the Council and the Senate. Like it is under the dictate of Separation of Powers, none of these bodies has the right or Powers to assume the functions and duties of the other two.

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Recall that the Nigerian government through the Federal Ministry of Education had issued a directive that all schools be shut for at least a month of the virus that had already been declared a global pandemic.

Not less than 120 countries worldwide have been affected with multiple deaths occuring daily.

So far, 22 cases of coronavirus had been reported in Nigeria.

The government had limited physical contacts with the shut down of schools and various public gatherings as part of measures to curtail its spread.

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