COVID-19: We’ll reopen varsities when it’s safe to do so, FG says

COVID-19: We’ll reopen varsities when it’s safe to do so, FG says

- The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has said tertiary institutions in the country will only reopen when it is safe to do so

- Boss Mustapha, the force's chairman said this in response to the request of the National Association of Nigerian Students

- Tertiary institutions nationwide have been closed for months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

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The federal government has given a fresh update of the reopening of tertiary institutions in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The chairman of the Presidential ask Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said all schools, including tertiary institutions, would reopen only when it is safe to do so.

The Sun reports that Mustapha made this statement in response to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) at the briefing of the task force on Monday, August 17.

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COVID-19: We’ll reopen varsities when it’s safe to do so - FG
COVID-19: FG says universities will be reopened when it’s safe to do so. Photo credit: NCDC
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The students' association had earlier noted that though the pandemic hit many nations across the globe, Nigeria should take appropriate steps to remedy the situation and let the society run as seamless as possible.

"It is in this light that we appreciate the call by the National Association of Nigerian Students for the reopening of tertiary institutions.

"As a listening government, we wish to state that education is topmost on the priority list and the reopening of our institutions remain critical, within set safety parameters,” the PTF chairman said in his response on Monday.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the federal government said it was making efforts to resolve the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The minister of state for education, Chukwuemeka Nwjiuba made the statement on Thursday, August 14, at the presidential task force COVID-19 briefing.

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He expressed optimism that there would be compromise before the resumption of universities.

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In another report on education, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) screening for the 2020 admission processes will begin by Monday, September 7.

Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the registrar of JAMB made this on Monday, August 10, a virtual meeting with vice-chancellors, rectors, and provosts of tertiary institutions.

Oloyede explained that the screening was moved from Friday, August 21, to accommodate candidates who would be writing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) this year.

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