COVID-19: FG directs Nigerian universities to suspend all academic activities

COVID-19: FG directs Nigerian universities to suspend all academic activities

- The federal government has urged Nigerian universities to take measures to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic

- The pandemic has affected the academic calendar of tertiary institutions in the country

- The government has not specified when academic activities will resume in universities

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The federal government has directed all universities in the country to suspend academic activities due to the spread of COVID-19.

The directive was issued by the National Universities Commission (NUC) via a circular signed by its deputy executive secretary administration, Chris Maiyaki, Premium Times reported.

COVID-19: FG directs Nigerian universities to suspend all academic activities
Members of the FG delegation holding talks with ASUU representatives. Photo: @fkeyamo
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The university regulation body said both private and public universities should immediately stop physical academic activities.

The NUC stated that classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences, and seminars should be suspended.

According to Vanguard, it mandated that until further directives by the federal government on the reopening of universities, the institutions should remain closed.

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The circular read:

“Vice-Chancellors are to please note that the directive is part of the measures approved by Mr. President to mitigate the second wave of Coronavirus infections in the country.
The affected officers are expected to perform their duties from home while those on GL 13 and above should strictly adhere to the extant preventive measures, including maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing of hands and/or sanitizing of hands, wearing of face masks and reducing the number of visitors to offices."

This latest directive implies that students in public universities who were hoping to resume academic work after the holidays following the suspension of a strike by lecturers will have to wait longer.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it might resume its suspended strike in February 2021 if the federal government fails to fulfil the promises it made to the lecturers.

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The Punch reports that the national president of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known in Lagos shortly after the union suspended its nine-month-old strike.

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