– A recent poll shows that many Nigerian undergraduates feel safe to resume at their various universities
– Tertiary institutions across the country have been closed for months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic
– The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 had earlier said tertiary institutions will reopen only when it is safe to do so
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A recent poll by Legit.ng has shown that majority of Nigerian undergraduates feel safe going back to school when universities will be allowed to reopen by the federal government.
The federal government has been strengthening measures to contain the disease as Nigeria records hundreds of coronavirus cases daily.
In spite of this Nigerian students have been mounting pressure on the government to reopen the citadels of learning, adding that they want to resume.
It would be recalled that Nigerian students took to streets to protest the reopening of all tertiary institutions in the country as the two-week ultimatum issued to the federal government by its leaders on reopening of schools elapsed.
The coalition of National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of College of Education Students (NACES) staged a peaceful protest on Wednesday, August 19, despite the heavy threat from police and DSS.
Nonetheless, the chairman of the Presidential ask Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, stated that all schools, including tertiary institutions, would reopen only when it is safe to do so.
Mustapha made this statement in response to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) at the briefing of the task force on Monday, August 17.
Similarly, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education explained that the National Universities Commission (NUC) would have to do an appraisal of the state of tertiary institutions ahead of the reopening.
However, despite the efforts of the federal government, some feel safe going back to school if universities would be reopened.
A recent poll by Legit.ng shows that more than half of the respondents, 60.2%, said they will go back to school because they feel it’s safe now.
Unfortunately, 27.2% of respondents noted they would not resume as they don’t believe it’s safe, while 10.6% were not sure.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of state for education has assured students that universities across the nation will resume very soon.
Nwajiuba disclosed this on Monday, August 24, while responding to questions at the Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja.
Though the minister did not announce any specific date for resumption, he, however, urged all students to stop protesting and bear with the government a little bit more.
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