As schools in Nasarawa state sets to resume by October 5, the residents of the states had cried to the Governor of the state, Abdullahi Sule for a reduction in the school fees.
The schools in Nasarawa state, like other states in Nigeria, has been shut since March as a precautionary measures in curbing the spread of COVID-19 disease.
As the COVID-19 toll is declining and efforts has been made to restore the economy, Nasarawa state has announced October 5, 2020 as the resumption date for both private and public schools in the state.
However, the residents of the state has cried out to the government for mercy on relieving the burden of school fee in the state-owned institutions, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled their businesses and as a result, have a low income.
Speaking to journalists on the resumption of schools in Nasarawa, Mr Emmanuel Abashon, a farmer and a father of seven cried out over the dwindling economy and hardship brought about by the pandemic.
He said; “We are now living from hand to mouth since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Things are very difficult in many homes.
“I heard the announcement of schools reopening, I almost fainted because 4 out of the 7 children I have are in the higher institution. Where can I get money to pay their school fees as everything is tied down especially those of us living in rural areas”.
“We are appealing to Governor Abdullahi Sule to tamper justice with mercy, hence the need to declare school resumption free.
On her part, Mrs Veronica Uwankwe, a widow with four undergraduates at the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic Lafia, College of Education Akwanga and Nasarawa State University, Keffi lamented that when she was informed about the school resumption her blood pressure immediately rose to 280.
According to Uwankwe, “I am using this platform to beg our Governor Sule to please help us in the name of God. No money in this country.”
Furthermore, a survey by Vanguard shows that over 85 percent of the parents may not be able to pay their children’s school fees in the state except Lafia indigent students who are paying between N25,000-N30,000 including other charges.