By Babajide Okeowo
In a bid to move ahead with the resumption of academic activities in Nigerian tertiary institutions, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS has 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.
Sunday Asefon, NANS President, made this known in a statement while urging the Federal Government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to resume academic activities at the nation’s public universities.
“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” Asefon said.
Recall that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has ordered schools to remain closed till January 18, 2021, to contain the spike in COVID-19 infections in the country. The National Universities Commission later asked universities to comply with the directive but the PTF on Monday said the January 18 date is subject to review.