THE THIRD WAVE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE NIGERIAN STUDENTS: A CALL FOR CAUTION AND CALM – Asefon Sunday

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NANS National President, Comr. Asefon Sunday

THE THIRD WAVE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE NIGERIAN STUDENTS: A CALL FOR CAUTION AND CALM

The nation has entered the third wave of the Covid19 Pandemic just as many other nations of the world. We are following the development at the University of Lagos where the hostel has been shut down arising from three students testing positive and the reversion to virtual learning at the University of Lagos.

I, therefore, wish to call on all Nigerian students both home and in the diaspora to exercise more caution and religiously follow Covid19 protocols especially the wearing of face masks, washing of hands, and use of alcohol-based sanitizer where water and soap are not available. We must also ensure we avoid every avoidable social gathering to ensure we keep social distancing. While we are not oblivion of the danger posed by this dreaded virus, we must maintain calm and just follow the protocols.

Note that Nigeria passed through the first and second phase of the virus with minimal human casualties compared to other nations of the world, as much as we are aware that this virus has mutated to a more dangerous variant, we must maintain calm and use the same unity of purpose and strategies in defeating the first and second phase to also defeat this third phase. The strategy is simple, mask up our campuses, provide hand washing equipment and soap everywhere, provide hand sanitizers, constantly check temperatures, conduct tests where necessary, isolate students showing symptoms and test them for the virus and where any students test positive, initiate contact tracing effort to ensure that we do not experience community spreading on the virus on any of our campuses.

Let me, therefore, direct our already constituted task force across all NANS structures and campuses not to relent and resume duties again to support government and tertiary institution’s management in the fight against this dreaded virus. Recall our task force was constituted before our agitations for the reopening of campuses and they contributed in no mean measure to the fight against the virus, I trust the members of this task force to reinvigorate their effort to ensure that our school remains opened and safe of Covid19.

This is the time to take responsibility by strict adherence to protocols. I have a solid conviction that with the cooperation of Nigerian students and Nigerians at large, we will defeat this third phase of the virus.

Stay masked and stay safe.

Signed:

Comrade Sunday Adedayo Asefon
The Revolutionary NANS President  

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