COVID-19: NUC asks universities to pend resumption


Students in Nigeria’s public universities would have to wait till at least nearly a month from now before resumption.

That is due to increase in COVID-19 infections in the country.

This development is amidst the loss of nine months to the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The federal government through the National Universities Commission (NUC) has called on Vice-Chancellors of Universities not to allow any form of academic activities involving large crowds to be organized or hosted on their campuses.

This is contained in a circular, issued university heads directing Officers on Grade Level 12 and below to stay at home for a period of five weeks, effective from Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020.

NUC, in a circular signed by Chris Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), obtained by on Saturday, indicates that access to classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences and seminars would be suspended.

The university education regulatory agency further directed that universities should remain closed during this intervening period, pending further directives by FG on the reopening of schools.

“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.

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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,” it said

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