- An army of students are protesting the reopening of all Nigerian tertiary institutions
- The protesters carrying placards have demanded that the federal government reopen all schools immediately
- The students had earlier issued a two-week ultimatum for the government to lift the ban on tertiary institutions
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Nigerian students have taken to streets to protest the reopening of all tertiary institutions in the country as the two-week ultimatum issued to the federal government by its leaders on reopening of schools has elapsed.
The coalition of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of College of Education Students (NACES) staged a peaceful protest on Wednesday, August 19, despite the heavy threat from police and DSS.
According to a Facebook user identified as Bash V Wano who shared photos from the protest, the leadership of NAUS, NAPS and NANCES are demanding the immediate reopening of all campuses.
Legit.ng gathered that the students vowed to continue to shut down Abuja and all the 36 states.
The protest is coming after the students under the aegis of NAUS, NAPS, and NANCES said the time is ripe for schools reopening.
During their virtual meeting on Sunday, August 16, they resolved to give the federal government a two-week ultimatum to lift the ban on tertiary institutions, saying failure to reopen schools will be met with rejection by students.
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.
Recall that the hopes of lifting the ban on the higher institutions in Nigeria were dampened as the federal government insisted that there was no arrangement for such development.
The position of Sani Aliyu, the coordinator of the presidential task force on Covid-19, came on the heels of the decision of the federal government announcing "a safe reopening" of schools for the graduating classes nationwide.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government gave a fresh update of the reopening of tertiary institutions in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The chairman of the Presidential ask Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said all schools, including tertiary institutions, would reopen only when it is safe to do so.
Mustapha made this statement in response to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) at the briefing of the task force on Monday, August 17.
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