Because the federal authorities directs all colleges in Nigeria to renew on January 18, the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students(NANS), has known as on the federal government to offer COVID-19 help 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 faculties, particularly the tertiary establishments to obtain 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 colleges ought to resume, describing this as a long-awaited respite for college kids.
The NANS’ President acknowledged that this landmark determination 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 faculties ought to reopen, the second section needs to be the right way to assist the faculties to get the requisite precautionary amenities to tame the unfold of COVID-19 illness.
“As a lot because it has turn out to be expedient for colleges to reopen, it will even be foolhardy to take the problem of security with levity, as a result of such might additionally create disaster within the system in future.
“Beneath this confounding scenario, the federal authorities ought to as a matter of urgency give COVID 19 help 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 info at our disposal; solely the personal universities and polytechnics have ready solidly to obtain college students in strict compliance with COVID-19 security measures. Such continues to be missing in our public colleges.
“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 below the facade of COVID-19, saying procurement of amenities needs to be the accountability of the federal authorities.