NANS kicks as Kwara Govt. orders lockdown

By Daniel Ayantoye

The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) Kwara State Chapter, has expressed concern over the directives of the Kwara State Government on partial lock down in the State.

The State Government through its Technical Committee on Covid-19, headed by the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr. Kayode Alabi announced there will be a partial lockdown effective from 6am on Friday 27th March 2020. This led to the banning of Churches, Mosques & Commercial activities in the state as part of effort to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

Speaking in a phone chat with CAMPUS FOCUS on Thursday, the Kwara NANS Chairman, Salami Wasiu Onidugbé, explained that some students who are yet to go back to their respective States are now stranded in Kwara following the ban of commercial activities.

Salami who lauded the government decision as step to curb spread of the coronavirus disease, emphasised that adequate plans should have been put in place to assist Students to get back to their respective states.

Speaking further on why students were unable leave the state before the directives, Salami said from the day schools were shut down in the State, motor packs increased their charges, leaving many stranded.

“We are not in support with such a decision without a provision especially for students at this critical moment. Between monday and tuesday, I received several calls from students stranded across some motor parks in the state due to increase in transport.

“Initially before now, the transportation to lagos was between #2500 and #3,000 but when the issues of school closing down came in, the transportation was increased to #6500. “The state government suppose to call the NURTW to order or provide alternative logistics for students.

“If we say things should be shut down in the state, what have we put in place especially for those who their livelihood depends on their daily income. People like okada riders or even some others who will leave their family at home with expectations of what to eat that day. The Kwara State Government should have put in place necessary measures before deciding everything should be locked down.

“Yes, it is a commendable decision considering what is happening in the world now with the spread of the coronavirus. But what is the measures put in place.” He added.

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