NUC: Universities Re-Open After 10 months Strike
Fabenmedia Nigeria reports that the NUC has given the details of universities resumption date.
The vice-chancellors of all universities has been directed to resume academic activities on January 18th, 2021. This directive was issued by the National Universities Commission (NUC) after the prolonged strike.
The directive was revealed from the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
This online platform reports that the NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, signed the statement containing the directive on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.
The deputy executive secretary advices the universities students to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been communicated severally to the Nigerian University System through NUC’s circulars.
Maiyaki in his words said, “I am to add that universities on resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) approved by the NUC, as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines,” the statement noted.
It is on records that Nigeria’s public universities have been closed since March 2020, after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on a strike.
Also, the goverment in other to safe guard citizens, imposed a lockdown to cutail lockdown avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Fabenmedia Nigeria reports that ASUU was concurrently on strike and they suspended the strike on December 23, 2020, after the federal government met their demands, including paying the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.
Advised has also been issued to staffs on Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for a five-week period, as earlier directed by the federal government.