May 20, 2020
The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to set up a strategic 15billion naira Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Nigerian Universities and Tertiary Institutions, as part of its response to the impact of the pandemic on academic, research and administrative operations. The House made the call as part of its resolutions at plenary and in response to a motion moved by Honourable Steve Azaiki over the suspension of academic activities at tertiary institutions as a result of the COVID-19.
According to Azaiki, the structure of Nigeria’s university and tertiary institutions may never remain the same especially in the absence of an effective therapy or vaccine for the COVID-19, as well as mass testing and even a new strategic infusion of federal funding. The House also urged Nigerian Universities and Tertiary Institutions to launch a Coronavirus Student Emergency Fund, where indigent and vulnerable students can apply for student emergency grant to assist them recover from the economic impact of the COVID–19 pandemic.