Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) National, has appealed to the federal and the state governments to extend relief materials to its members to cushion the effect of COVID19 pandemic on them.
The National president of the Association, Mr. Godly E. Opukeme, in a statement titled “Request for stimulus package for Private Schools’ Owners and Teachers”, signed and made available to Journalists in Benin, said the body in complying with the Federal Government’s directive in shutting down their schools to curtail the spread of the virus have been worse hit by hardship.
“Sir, to say that private teachers unlike their counterparts in the public sector who enjoy seemless allowances and monthly emoluments, have been subjected to public ridicule arising from failure to pick up accumulated bills since the outbreak of the pandemic in February 2020, is stating the obvious.
“Arising from the distruptions and the redundancies caused by the pandemic and indefinite closure of non-essential businesses including private and public schools, which come with life threatening pains for us, we humbly, request for stimulus package for private schools teachers which would enable them and their immidiate families survive the economic hardship and experience in the post COVID-19 era ,” he said.
While commending the leadership of president Muhammadu Buhari and his team in the ministry of Education in rising to the challenge of stemming the tide of the pandemic, Opukeme noted that the consideration of stimulus packages to the private school owners will help reduce the burdens that have befallen them at this moment.
“Sir, if our request is considered, such a stimulus package will help to keep private school owners overcome the challenges and keep their teachers in business, pay their annual renewal fees (dues, rates and rent) and ward-off potential threats to its survival for optimal productivity in the post COVID-19 era”, he said.