Varsity Reopening: NANS Sets Up COVID-19 Task Force

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The National Association of Nigerian Students has called on the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government to make public universities resume academic activities.

To adhere to the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the students’ body ordered its chapters in all tertiary institutions nationwide to set up COVID-19 task force teams.

This was stated in a statement on Tuesday by the President of NANS, Sunday Asefon.

It had earlier been reported on December the 24th that ASUU had conditionally suspended its nine-month old strike.

Subsequently, the PTF ordered schools to remain closed till January 18, 2021 due to the daily rise in the number of COVID-19 cases after which universities were asked by the National Universities Commission to comply with the PTF’s directives.

However, the PTF, on Monday, said January 18 resumption date needed to be reviewed.

NANS 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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