Nigerian Students to protest against schools closure

 The National Association of University Students (NAUS) in Nigeria has decided to embark on a nationwide protest due to the closure of schools across the country. They had given the ministry of Education an ultimatum of two weeks to reopen schools else they would go on protest. The two weeks had however elapsed and nothing is being done to reopen the schools. The protest they said will be at the Ministry of Education, Abuja where they will all converge, state coordinators, would protest at the  Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariats in their various states.

They assured that the protest would be peaceful as they have informed security agencies and the International Human Rights Commission. They will also abide by the COVIS-19 guidelines to ensure that everyone is safe.

Leaders of the National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), and National Association of College of Education Students (NANCES), at the end of their virtual meeting yesterday, said the protest would hold tomorrow, 19th August 2020.

Below is a copy of an Invitation to the Nation Wide Protest to hold on the 19th of August, 2020.

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According to NANCES president, Mahmud Abubakar “The agitation is still one, which is the re-opening of our campuses. We just want to hear from the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the date for resumption, as we are more open to the deadly coronavirus at home than on campus, and an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

On his part, NAPS president, Sunday Asuku, said the protest would be peaceful and that security agencies and the International Human Right Commission (IHRC) had been notified.

“It is so disheartening, appalling and unethical knowing that our government doesn’t place a priority on education. We all know that COVID-19 is real, but extremely blown out of proportion in Nigeria. Our institutions have been placed under lock and key for good six months with the claim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campuses. As much as we appreciate the government for the acclaimed love, we condemn in totality the continued closure of our institutions.

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