The National University Commission (NUC) has ordered the university rectors to resume academic activities on January 18.
This is in accordance with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) directive on COVID-19.
The directive was contained in a statement signed by NUC Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) Chris Maiyaki on behalf of the Executive Secretary Professor Abubakar Rasheed.
Maiyaki urged universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to current safety protocols and guidelines of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), which have been separately communicated to the Nigerian University System through NUC circulars. .
“I must add that universities when resuming their academic activities, under no circumstances should they violate the full cycle of the semester system, according to the Minimum Academic Reference Standards (BMAS) approved by the NUC, as well as other existing quality assurance standards. and guidelines, ”the statement said.
Nigeria’s public universities have been closed since March 2020, after the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) embarked on a strike.
A lockdown was also imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.
ASUU suspended the strike on December 23, 2020, after the federal government complied with its demands, including paying teachers their outstanding salaries through an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.
The NUC, however, recommended that officers in grade 12 and below stay home for a period of five weeks, as previously stated by the federal government.