Live Updates: Nationwide Protest Against Closure of Campuses In Nigeria 19th August 2020

NAUS, NAPS, NANCES Holds Nationwide Protest Against Closure of Campuses Today 19th August 2020 In Abuja And The Entire Country

That is our coverage of today’s protest. Be sure to visit our blog for more gists and updates.

The #reopenourcampusesprotest will kick off this morning by 9:00AM. If you’re in Abuja, start heading to Fed Ministry of Education. Notify us of happenings if you’re protesting outside Abuja.
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3 PM UPDATE

Today, the 19th of August, 2020 Nigerian students under the umbrella bodies of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), national Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), National Association of University Students (NAUS) and National Association of Nigerian College of Education Students (NANCES) have all gathered at the Unity Fountain, FCT Abuja to protest the continued closure of schools amidst covid19.

The National President of NAPS, comrade Adekanbi Sunday who spoke to news men at the ongoing peaceful protest by concerned students said that students had stayed home for more than necessary.
In his words, Mr. Adekanbi said “we are here today to demand the reopening of our schools and campuses, The Federal government must realize that ASUU cannot dictate to them when to reopen schools, lecturers are at home doing nothing and yet are getting paid their salaries, it is either they resume classes and work for their money and other entitlement or the federal government should stop paying their salaries,”
Students gathered amidst security presence at the protest venue.
10 AM UPDATE
Enough is Enough. Open our schools we are tired and sick of this political nonsense. ALUTA MARSHALS KANO STATE POLYTECHNIC.
ON OUR WAY TO ABUJA FOR A PEACEFUL PROTEST.
9 AM UPDATE
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, REOPEN NIGERIA SCHOOLS NOW. HE WHO OPENS THE DOOR OF SCHOOL CLOSES A PRISON. #SAVENIGERIANSTUDENTS
If Markets and Places of Worship are allow to Function, Interstate lockdown is relax, Airport are back to business and other activities. WHY OUR SCHOOLS ARE STILL CLOSED???? PLEASE END THIS BASELESS EXCUSES AND STOP HINDERING OUR FUTURE.
COMRD GANDHI, Bayero University Kano CALLS FOR SCHOOL REOPENING
19/08/2020

8:30 AM UPDATE

In less than an 30 minutes from now, armless Battalions of the Nigerian Students Movement will be released from the Revolutionary Barracks to occupy the Federal Ministry of Education Abuja and the FCT to demand for the immediate reopening of our institutions nationwide. We are appealing to Nigerians students who couldn’t make it to solidarize with us and keep us in prayers.
We shall also release the phone contacts of the Hon Minister for Education Adamu Adamu and the Chairman Presidential Taskforce on Covid19 Boss Mustapha for immediate occupancy from all Nigerian Students.
Continue to stay tuned as we shall be text streaming live.
Yours Sincerely;
H.E Gen DIO, Oghale Emeka Rex
President of NAPS Senate

8:30 AM UPDATE

The Minister of state for Education Mr. Chukwuemeka in a live discussion with PTF officials last night, dodged questions on reopening of schools and stammered off when asked if schools would reopen by sept 7.
According to him, THEY ARE STILL WORKING ON IT and that the Fed Govt can’t wake up one morning and announce a date for reopening amidst COVID19, without phases.
8 AM UPDATE
ASUU strike: UNION GIVES CONDITIONS FOR RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given new conditions for the reopening of schools.
The union announced that among other things, the federal government must pay the salaries of some of the members that have not been paid… Read Full Story Here
7 AM UPDATE
STUDENTS of FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LOKOJA (FUL) arrived at Abuja for Nationwide peaceful protest Today.
FG Must open our schools oh.

The leaders of the National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), and National Association of College of Education Students (NANCES) have declared a nationwide protest today, August 19th 2020 as the two weeks ultimatum given to the Federal Government to reopen campuses for academic activities has elapsed.

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This decision was taken at the end of a virtual meeting yesterday where the leaders of the National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), and National Association of College of Education Students (NANCES), were in attendance.

The student leaders said they would converge at the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja, while state coordinators would march to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariats in their various states.

NANCES president, Mahmud Abubakar, told The Guardian: “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.”

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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 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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“We understand that COVID-19 couldn’t halt the electoral process in Edo and Ondo states, even with the multitude coverging during rallies. We are tired of guidelines; reopen our school now,” Asuku stated


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