Vice-chancellors of universities has been directed by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to resume academic activities on January 18 2020 in line with the directive of the federal government on Covid-19 matters.
This directive was made known through a statement signed by NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.
Chris urged universities to adhere strictly to all Covid-19 safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines in order to safeguard life’s and curtail the spread of the virus.
“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,” part of the statement noted.
Universities under “ASUU” have been closed since March 2020 due to the industrial action (strick) that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on. Then coupled with the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 issues, all universities have been closed.
ASUU later suspended their strike action on 23th December 2020, after reaching an agreement with the federal government, which include paying the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.
Finally, the NUC advised officers on Grade Level 12 and below to still remain at home for a five-week period, as earlier directed by the federal government.