Nigerian Universities To Reopen On January 18

After nine months of ASUU strike, Nigerian Universities are to reopen on January 18 as the  National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed vice-chancellors of universities to commence academic activities, in accordance with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) team on Covid-19.

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The NUC says following the approval given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, 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 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.

Universities in Nigeria have been closed since following a strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as well as the Coronavirus pandemic.

The union suspended its 9-month old strike barely a month ago.

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