- The committee of pro-chancellors of private universities have urged the federal government to permit them to reopen
- In a statement, the committee decried the continued shutdown of universities by the federal government since the COVID-19 outbreak
- The pro-chancellors noted that the failure to reopen institutions will have an unpleasant effect on the universities
The federal government has been urged by the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Private Universities (CPCPU) to reopen private universities in the country within the next month, The Guardian reports.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the country’s 78 private universities were shut alongside other educational institutions.
Tunde Olofintila, the head of corporate services of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, in a statement noted that the committee's demand was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of its emergency virtual meeting on Saturday, July 25.
The pro-chancellors further said that the failure to reopen private universities will kill the institutions in the country.
According to the communique, CPCPU said that private universities were ready to reopen having put in place all the necessary requirements and protocols to ensure a safe and secure campus.
The committee went on to state that the plea became very important because private universities had made sustained efforts to comply with the guidelines for the reopening as detailed in its template submitted to the Nigerian government.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that private universities in Nigeria have asked the federal government to permit them to reopen for academic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The institutions made the request in a letter addressed to the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The universities through the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Private Universities (CVCPU), warned that the academic calendar would be seriously affected if universities remain closed beyond one more month.
According to the vice-chancellors, the continuous closure of the universities could hamper the productive future of students.
In a related development, a non-governmental organisation known as OpenFees has said if Nigeria can manage to conduct elections into political offices despite the COVID-19 pandemic, students should not be stopped from writing the 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The group in a statement issued on Sunday, July 19, in Abuja, cautioned the federal government not to play politics with the education of youth.
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