In compliance with the Directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19, the National Universities Commission (NUC) instructed vice-chancellors of universities to commence academic activities on January 18.
After the strike action by the Academic Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) as well as the Coronavirus pandemic, universities in Nigeria have been closed.
After the federal government met its demands, including paying the lecturers their unpaid wages using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, separate from the notorious IPPIS, ASUU suspended its 9-month-old strike on December 23, 2020.
The NUC says universities can now start academic activities following the approval granted by the Presidential Task Force on COVID19.
The Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, in a statement issued, mandated officers at Grade Level 12 and below to stay at home as previously instructed by the federal government for a period of five weeks.
He urged university authorities to protect lives by strictly adhering to the current safety protocols and guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which were severely communicated through NUC circulars to the Nigerian University System.
I would add that universities must under no circumstances breach the full duration of the semester system in compliance with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) accepted by the NUC, as well as other established standards and guidelines for quality assurance on the resumption of academic activities, the statement added.