Second Wave: NUC Directs Varsities To Reopen January 18th

The National University Commission {NUC} has directed varsities across the country to reopen/resume activities at all tertiary institutions in the country by January 18.

The directive is coming in compliance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Also, noting that the 10-month old Academic Staff Union of Universities strike as also being called off since December 23, 2020, where the ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, addressed a crowed press conference to confirm the suspension of the strike and the union coming into an agreement with the federal government.
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The NUC in a statement released on Friday, January 8, 2021, by its Deputy Executive Secretary {Administration}, Chris Maiyaki, on behalf of the commission’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, announced that it has directed all varsities in the country to reopen and resume activities by Jan 18 and that any further developments would be communicated to Universities accordingly. NUC Executive Secretary Abubakar Rasheed

The commission, however, directed officers on Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for a period of five weeks as earlier directed by the Federal Government.

According to the NUC, the new directive became a necessary sequel to several enquires on the full import of the commission’s previous letter with Ref. No. NUC/ES/138/Vol.63/151 and dated December 23, 2020, on the issue.

Maiyaki told universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, which have been communicated severally to them through NUC circulars.

He said, “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 approved by the NUC, as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines.”

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