The National Universities Commission, NUC, has directed all Vice-Chancellors to resume academic activities on January 18 in all universities.
This is in accordance with the Presidential task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 directives.
This was contained in a statement signed by Chris Maiyaki, the NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.
Maiyaki urged universities to strictly adhere to the extant safety protocols and guidelines of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, which have been communicated severally through the NUC’s circulars to the Nigerian University System, to safeguard lives.
“I am to add that universities on the resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) approved by the NUC, as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines,” the statement noted.
The public universities in Nigeria have been closed since March 2020 due to the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
After the Federal Government met their demands, including paying outstanding salaries to the lecturers using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, instead of the controversial IPPIS, ASUU suspended the strike on December 23, 2020.
However, due to the Federal Government’s directives, the NUC advised officers on Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for five weeks.
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