Nigerian Universities are set to reopen at last in accordance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) team on Covid-19. The task force directed Vice-Chancellors of all Universities to commence academic activities on the 18th of January.
Following a strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the impact of Coronavirus, Universities in Nigeria have been closed.
The 9-month strike was suspended by ASUU on December 23, 2020, after the federal government met their demands, including paying the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.
After the directive by the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, The NUC confirmed that universities can now resume academic activities. In a statement released, the deputy executive secretary (Administration) of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, mandated officers on Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for a period of five weeks as earlier directed by the federal government.
He urged university authorities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been communicated severally to the Nigerian University System through NUC’s circulars.
“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 added