The association of private school owners in Edo State, have sought the aid of the state government in mitigating the loss it suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide #EndSARS protests that ravaged the nation last year.
The appeal was contained in a statement signed by the chairmen of the Edo State chapter of the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) Bishop Ohis Emmanuel Elakhe, and the chairman of the Association for Formidable Educational Development (AFED), Osagie Erhunmwunse on Tuesday, 26 January.
The proprietors urged the government to provide tax waivers and suspension of renewal fees of private school owners, to enable them to stay afloat. They also called on the government to provide the necessary assistance to its staff members whose data could be sourced from the Edo State Inland Revenue Service (ESIRS) Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) record.
The association commended the state government in taking proactive steps in tackling the coronavirus, and appealed for the safe reopening of schools on February 1, 2021, to ensure students in graduating classes join their counterparts in the country to enroll in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) scheduled for April 2021.