Coronavirus: NUC orders closure of universities


Less than a day after the federal government instructed all educational institutions in the country to shut down, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered universities across the country to close for a month beginning from 23rd March, 2020.

This is contained in a circular signed by the commission’s deputy executive secretary, Suleiman Rammon-Yusuf, made available to

NUC is the regulatory body for university education in Nigeria.

It said the directive is necessary to curtail the further spread of the COVID-19 across the country.

“I write at the bearest of the Executive Secretary to inform Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities that as part of measures to contain and prevent the spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) throughout the country, approval has been granted for the closure of all schools for a period of one (1) month, commencing from Monday, 23rd March, 2020,” the circular said.

By implication, universities shall be closed for one month as till late April.

”Vice Chancellors are kindly requested to ensure immediate compliance,” the circular added.

The Federal Ministry of Education on Thursday also directed the closure of all schools nationwide over the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.

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The ministry said it is part of measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus has spread to about 140 countries and more than 200, 000 persons have been infected, with about 10,000 dead.

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