- Students under the umbrella of the National Association of polytechnic students have given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum to reopen tertiary institutions
- The students faulted the continued closure of tertiary institutions in the country
- The group took part in a peaceful protest in Oyo state
Students under the umbrella of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) have given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum to reopen tertiary institutions.
The students also protested against the continued closure of tertiary institutions in the country, Daily Trust reported.
During the peaceful protest which occurred on Saturday, August 1, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, the leadership of NAPS said the government was being insensitive to the plight of students in the country following the continued closure of schools.
According to the students, they see no reason why tertiary institutions should be closed when markets and worship centres were being re-opened
The group said it expected the federal government to announce a specific date for the resumption of school after it had given guidelines on safe re-opening.
The students warned that they will mobilise the entire polytechnic students across the country if polytechnics across the country are not reopened in 14 days.
Meanwhile, the decision of the federal government to safely reopen schools nationwide for graduating students to write their final examinations has continued to generate more reactions.
The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof Biodun Ogunyemi faulted the government's decision that is coming amid the spread of COVID -19 currently ravaging the country.
Ogunyemi during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, July 1, noted that safety measures for pupils were not yet in place, adding that the government should first tell Nigerians who would provide the conditions for the reopening of schools.
ASUU has joined others such as the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in opposing the move to reopen schools.
In another report, private universities in Nigeria have asked the federal government to permit them to reopen for academic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The institutions made the request in a letter addressed to the National Universities Commission (NUC), Daily Trust reported.
The universities through the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Private Universities (CVCPU), warned that the academic calendar would be seriously affected if universities remain closed beyond one more month.
According to the vice-chancellors, the continuous closure of the universities could hamper the productive future of students.
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