Whereas the federal authorities directs all faculties in Nigeria to renew on January 18, the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS) has requested the federal government to donate COVID-19 assist funds to universities and polytechnics within the nation to combat the lethal an infection.
Nationwide President of NANS, Com. Sunday Asefon, mentioned that such funds would assist faculties, particularly tertiary establishments, to accumulate preventive amenities to stem the COVID-19 tide.
In a notice launched in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, Asefon expressed pleasure on the dedication reached by the federal authorities and stakeholders that faculties ought to resume, describing this as an anticipated truce for college kids.
The president of NANS mentioned that this historic resolution would assist relieve college students, who had been at dwelling for 9 months, from the burden of being suspended for a very long time, now that there’s hope in sight.
Asefon mentioned: “Now that the federal authorities has reached an settlement that faculties ought to reopen, the second section must be the best way to assist faculties get hold of the mandatory precautionary amenities to tame the unfold of the COVID-19 illness.
“As a lot because it has turn out to be handy to reopen faculties, it will even be foolhardy to take the problem of safety frivolously, as a result of that would additionally create a disaster within the system sooner or later.
“In view of this complicated scenario, the federal authorities ought to urgently grant the COVID 19 assist fund to all larger schooling establishments for the acquisition of amenities that assure the security of scholars and academics.
“NANS, as an umbrella for all college students, doesn’t tolerate carnage on campuses due to the Covid 19 an infection.
“Being attentive to the truthful data at our disposal; solely non-public universities and polytechnics have solidly ready to obtain college students in strict compliance with the COVID-19 safety measures. That is nonetheless missing in our public faculties.
“That is the place the federal authorities should intervene to make sure the graceful operating of educational actions after a protracted battle with COVID-19”.
Asefon additionally warned faculty administrations towards opportunistic actions, by resorting to the imposition of arbitrary prices beneath the COVID-19 facade, saying that the contracting of the amenities must be the duty of the federal authorities.