Students under the umbrella of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) have given the federal government a 14-day injunction to reopen tertiary institutions.
The students also revolted against the continued closure of tertiary institutions in the country.
According to the students, they see no justification why tertiary institutions should be shut when markets and worship centers were being re-opened
During the peaceful grievance which happened on Saturday, August 1, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, the leadership of NAPS said the government was being selfish to the hardship of students in the country following the continued closure of schools.
The group also said it anticipated the federal government to declare a certain date for the resumption of school after it had given rotocolss on safe re-opening.
The students instructed that they will mobilize the whole polytechnic students across the country if polytechnics across the country are not reopened in 14 days.
Meanwhile, the opinion of the federal government to safely reopen schools nationwide for graduating students to write their final examinations has continued to create more reactions.
The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof Biodun Ogunyemi criticized the government’s decision that is coming amid the spread of COVID -19 currently devastating the country.
Ogunyemi during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, July 1, remarked that safety criteria for pupils were not yet in place, adding that the government should first tell Nigerians who would give the conditions for the reopening of schools.
ASUU has engaged others such as the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in opposing the move to reopen schools.
In another report, private universities in the country have asked the government to permit them to reopen for academic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The institutions made the plea in a letter addressed to the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The universities through the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Private Universities (CVCPU), warned that the academic calendar would be seriously influenced if universities remain closed beyond one more month.
According to the vice-chancellors, the continuous closure of the universities could hinder the productive future of students.