The federal government’s refusal to reopen tertiary institutions across the country due to the Covid-19 crisis is taking a worse dimension as Nigerian students vow to embark on a nationwide protest. During their virtual meeting on Sunday, August 16, the students under the aegis of National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) and National Association of College of Education Students (NANCES), said the time is ripe for schools reopening.
They also resolved to give the federal government two-week ultimatum to lift the ban on tertiary institutions, saying failure to reopen schools will be met with rejection by students. Speaking on the planned protest further, NANCES president Mahmud Abubakar said the students will stage a protest at the Federal Ministry of Education building in Abuja before marching to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariats in their various states, Guardian reports.
Nigerian students have given the federal government a two-week ultimatum to reopen tertiary institutions. Credit: The Guardian.
“The agitation is still one, which is the re-opening of our campuses. We just want to hear from the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the date for resumption, as we are more open to the deadly coronavirus at home than on campus, and an idle mind is the devil’s workshop,” Abubakar said. The students’ leaders also berated the federal government for not putting a priority on the education sectors despite its gradual reopening process of the economy.
“Our institutions have been placed under lock and key for good six months with the claim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campuses. As much as we appreciate the government for the acclaimed love, we condemn in totality the continued closure of our institutions,” NAPS president, Sunday Asuku said, adding that necessary agencies have been notified.