Zone A of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has said that the continued closure of schools might lead to an increase in the number of out-of-school children in most parts Nigeria.
The association also expressed concern that some pupils and students sent back home are already mixing with those that do not care to go to school, adding that, that might increase security threat in the country.
“Some of those they are mixing with are drug addicts who could easily influence them negatively. This is of great concern to us. We are worried. While governments are trying to reduce the number of out-of-school children, others are probably going to join them,” he said.
In a press conference in Kano on Monday, the Secretary-General of the zone, Abdullahi Mohammed Saleh stated that the continuous closure of schools would plunge the future of the country into a sorry state.
He alleged that the Federal Government is hiding under the guise of COVID-19 to deny children of the masses right to education with the continuous closure of schools across the country.
According to him, some countries with higher infections than Nigeria had considered reopening their educational institutions, expressing dismay as the government lifted the suspension on air travels and even planning to conduct elections.
The Secretary-General wondered why the government would approve the opening of viewing centres, eateries and market places but continued to close down schools, describing the situation as “a sheer insensitivity and callousness exhibited by the government to its younger generation.”
The Zone A of the association, comprising Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna, Gombe and Buchi states however called on the federal government to stop beating around the bush to tell precisely when schools would be reopened.
NANS also called on the government to come up with a timeline of how to open schools, assuring that students would strictly follow the COVID-19 protocols.