Covid-19: FG issues new directives on reopening of universities
- The FG has issued a fresh update on the reopening of Nigerian universities amid Covid-19 crisis
- NUC has mandated management of universities to finalise plans on full reopening
- The commission stressed that the reopening must be in line with the Covid-19 safety protocols of NCDC
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Managements and authorities of the Nigerian universities have been told to finalise arrangement for the safe reopening of classrooms amid a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases recently.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) gave this directive in a memo addressed to the vice-chancellors of universities in Nigeria on Tuesday, September 22.
While addressing journalists in Abuja, Chris Maiyaki, director of the executive secretary office of NUC, said the resumption arrangements must be in line with the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Maiyaki further stressed that the arrangement must also consider and accommodate the NUC assurance and guidelines, adding that universities must expect visitation of NUC staff after the full reopening.
Part of the memo read:
"Federal Ministry of Education has accepted the request of the National Universities Commission for Universities to firm up arrangement towards the immediate resumption of academic activities.
“Universities should expect inspection visits from staffs of the commission and the Ministry of Education for on-the-spot inspections of physical facilities such as the lecture theatres, accommodation, healthcare facilities.
“Universities must continue to adhere to the safety protocols and the NCDC guidelines which are very much in force."
Maiyaki, who warned universities not to violate the full cycle of the semester system, disclosed that the plan for resumption was motivated by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19's report.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) vowed to unleash its next plan if the federal government failed to meet its demands as contained in the agreements between the two sides in 2009.
ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a Town and Gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state.
Ogunyemi said ASUU had agreements with the federal government which since 2009 are yet to be addressed, let alone honoured.
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