Parents protest N25,000 COVID-19 test in Ogun State

Parents protest N25,000 COVID-19 test in Ogun State

Parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun State have kicked against the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the state government.

With schools reopening for graduating pupils this week after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state government had said no boarding school pupil would be allowed to resume without a valid negative COVID-19 test certificate.

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Many of the parents, who took their demonstrations to the streets, faulted the decision of the government to ask them to pay N25,000 on each pupil before they could be allowed to resume..

The government also asked the parents to take their wards to designated places for the test between Friday and Monday.

The dissatisfied parents on Sunday stormed the MTR 250 bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta.

Daily Times gathered that attempts by the parents to get their children tested for free failed as they were asked to pay N25,000 on each child.

Some of the parents lamented that the payment of N25,000 for COVID-19 test shows the government cared less about its citizens.

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They complained that the economic reality in the country has made it difficult to pay such an amount of money.

While the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombois yet to make an official statement, parents are still agitated.

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