National Association of Nigerian Students Zone C covering (North Central and North East) of Nigeria has expressed displeasure over the protracted closure of schools amidst fear on the uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a Press Release jointly signed by Comrade Sarki Mohammed Sulieman, the Zonal Coordinator and Comrade Adebayo Kayode Joshua, Public Relations Officer, the student leaders woefully lamented on the present state of education in Nigeria.
It is factual that COVID-19 has been described as a novel virus which does not have respect for tribe, colour or race. On daily basis there are records of hundreds and thousands of new positive cases, and deaths around the world keep increasing. This has resulted to a source of worrisome to all concerned stakeholders.
Comr. Sarki Mohammed said “presently market places, churches, mosques are opened while schools unjustly remain closed. Taking a critical look at the places aforementioned, you see the disheartening state of compliance with the precautionary measures to curtail the spread of the virus”.
Based on statistical analysis, over 3, 6000 rape cases have been recorded within the last three months. Unequivocally speaking, majority of the casualties of this horrible narratives are the students. So, I ask, is this a good omen for us – as a country? When the safety of our student’s colleagues isn’t guaranteed.
The zonal leadership added “If the incessant congestion in commercial places and worship centres goes down well with the Federal Government then, the continuous closure of our school is an aberration”. If truly our future as leaders of tomorrow matters to the government, keeping us at home would not have been considered let alone taking so long, as one of the modalities for taming the spread of the virus.
Our interface with management of various tertiary institutions made it known to us that reasonable number of our schools had already gotten the kits for precautionary measures on our campuses in line with the Federal Ministry of Education directives. Also, some schools had worked on a time-table that will ensure full compliance with the precautionary measures.
We hereby call on the Federal Government to reopen our schools as a matter of immediate alacrity, “chopping off the head is not the cure to headache”. We are tired of staying at home, our future matters.
If countries that happened to be the epic centres of Coronavirus could put measures in place to curtail the virus and continue their normal life, then we need to braze up and restore normalcy to all sectors of our economy. All hands must be on deck, henceforth.