Because the federal authorities directs all faculties in Nigeria to renew on January 18, the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students(NANS), has referred to as on the federal government to offer COVID-19 assist funds to universities and polytechnics within the nation to fight the killer an infection.
NANS’ Nationwide President , Com. Sunday Asefon, stated such funds would assist the colleges, particularly the tertiary establishments to acquire precautionary amenities to stem the tide of COVID-19.
In an announcement in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, Asefon expressed pleasure over the compromise reached by the federal authorities and stakeholders that faculties ought to resume, describing this as a long-awaited respite for college students.
The NANS’ President acknowledged that this landmark resolution would assist in relieving the scholars, who had been residence for 9 months of the burden of being put in abeyance for lengthy, now that there’s hope in sight.
Asefon stated: “Now that the federal authorities had reached a compromise that the colleges ought to reopen, the second section must be learn how to assist the colleges to get the requisite precautionary amenities to tame the unfold of COVID-19 illness.
“As a lot because it has turn into expedient for faculties to reopen, it will even be foolhardy to take the difficulty of security with levity, as a result of such may additionally create disaster within the system in future.
“Beneath this confounding state of affairs, the federal authorities ought to as a matter of urgency give COVID 19 assist fund to all tertiary establishments to buy amenities that may assure security of scholars and lecturers.
“NANS, as an umbrella physique for all college students gained’t tolerate carnage on campuses on account of Covid 19 an infection.
“Taking cognisance of the veracious data at our disposal; solely the non-public universities and polytechnics have ready solidly to obtain college students in strict compliance with COVID-19 security measures. Such remains to be missing in our public faculties.
“That’s the place the federal authorities ought to intervene to make sure clean take off of educational actions after a long-drawn battle with COVID-19”.
Asefon additionally warned the college Managements towards opportunistic actions, by resorting to imposition of arbitrary costs underneath the facade of COVID-19, saying procurement of amenities must be the accountability of the federal authorities.