Nigeria: Varsity Reopening - NANS to Set Up Covid-19 Task Force

13 January 2021

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has urged the federal government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resume academic activities at the nation's public universities.

The students' body also ordered its chapters in all tertiary institutions to set up COVID-19 task force teams to enforce all guidelines outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and ensure safe reopening of schools.

NANS President, Sunday Asefon, stated this in a statement issued yesterday.

He said: "Rather than postpone schools' resumption, it has become imperative to address the alarming spread of COVID-19 and rising cases of deaths from a position of environmental strategy and human coordination since the lockdown mechanism can no longer be a mitigating option in the face of our economic reality.

"The federal government is immediately urged to rethink its approach and take only actions that can get more Nigerians into coordinated and regulated systems, like schools and offices, where hours of wearing face masks and complying with COVID Safety protocols can be guaranteed to curb the spread.

"Consequently, the National Association of Nigerian Students is undertaking to prevail on students union bodies to set up Students Task Force Against COVID-19 in every school, while asking the Federal Government to rejig its basic COVID guidelines for schools resumption."

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