From late March to December 2020, Nigerian public universities were locked due to the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
After months of negotiations, the lecturers' union finally suspended the strike on Wednesday, December 23.
However, schools could not resume immediately as the nation had already entered the festive period filled with public holidays.
Similarly, the federal government also 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.
However, some universities have now announced their resumption dates. Legit.ng in this piece lists three public universities that are set to resume academic activities in January.
1. University of Ilorin
The management of the University of Ilorin has declared that the institution would resume full academic activities for the Rain semester on January 11, 2021.
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The university explained that lectures will, however, be delivered online in line with the directives of the NUC.
2. Bayero University Kano (BUK)
The Senate of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has approved the cancellation of 2019-2020 academic sessions.
According to the Senate, new academic session for undergraduate students will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021 as the first semester, while the second semester will begin on Monday, May 3, 2021.
For the postgraduate students, the Senate slated Monday, January 18 as the date to resume for the first semester while the second semester will begin on Tuesday, June 1.
3. University of Benin in Benin City (UNIBEN)
All returning students (old and new) of the University of Benin in Benin City (UNIBEN), Edo state, have been also directed by the management of the institution to resume for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions on January 30, 2021.
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Premium Times reports that this was disclosed in a circular issued by the institution’s public relations officer, Benedicta Ehanire, at the end of a meeting of the University’s Senate on Monday, January 4.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to embark on massive protest should ASUU resume its industrial strike action.
Speaking through its newly-elected president Sunday Asefon on Thursday, December 24, NANS described as a slap the ASUU's position that the strike was suspended "conditionally".
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