NAUS threatens a nationwide protest on 19th August 2020
The senior personnel of the National Association of University Students, NAUS, National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), and National Association of College of Education Students (NANCES) have declared a nationwide protest tomorrow.
However, the Protest holds on the 19th of August 2020 as the two weeks of grace given to the Federal Government to reopen campuses for academic activities has elapsed.
This decision was taken at the end of a virtual meeting yesterday where the leaders of the National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), and National Association of College of Education Students (NANCES), were in attendance.
The student leaders said they would meet at the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, while state coordinators would march to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariats in their various states.
NANCES president, Mahmud Abubakar, told The Guardian: “The agitation is still one, which is the re-opening of our campuses.
We just want to hear from the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the date for resumption, as we are more open to the deadly coronavirus at home than on campus, and an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
On his part, NAPS president, Sunday Asuku, said the protest would be peaceful and that security agencies and the International Human Right Commission (IHRC) had been notified.
“It is so disheartening, appalling and unethical knowing that our government doesn’t place priority on education. We all know that COVID-19 is real, but extremely blown out of proportion in Nigeria.
Our institutions have been placed under lock and key for good six months with the claim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campuses.
As much as we appreciate the government for the acclaimed love, we condemn in totality the continued closure of our institutions.
“We understand that COVID-19 couldn’t halt the electoral process in Edo and Ondo states, even with the multitude coverging during rallies.
We are tired of guidelines; reopen our school now,” Asuku stated