Students in Nigerian tertiary institutions have given the federal government two-week ultimatum to announce a date for the resumption of schools.
The student threatened to embark on a protest if the government failed to announce a date for resumption of academic activities in all institutions of learning.
The students have been at home since March when schools were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The students which include members of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), National Association of University Students (NAUS) and National Association of Colleges of Education Students (NANCES), at a virtual meeting, condemned the Federal Government’s approach towards resumption of learning institutions in the country.
They rejected the Federal government’s decision to cancel the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASCCE). According to them, WASSCE can be written while observing social distancing and other safety protocols.
“It is hardly feasible that coronavirus may be eradicated in a fortnight and after months of observing several safety measures, there are little or no gains in the results so far recorded.
“Huge funds have been used to contain the spread of the virus, but we still have poorly equipped medical centres across the country” they said
The students called on the Federal government to stop salaries of university teachers and other officials for advocating the continued closure of schools without proffering solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.