In compliance with the Directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, the National Universities Commission (NUC) ordered vice-chancellors of universities to launch academic activities on January 18.
After a strike by the Academic Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) and the lockdown caused by the curbs imposed to tackle the spread of COVID-19 infections, public universities in the nation have been closed since March 2020. After the federal government met its demands, including paying the lecturers their unpaid salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, distinct from the popular IPPIS, the union suspended the strike on December 23, 2020.
The NUC said any further developments would be communicated accordingly to universities.
However, as formerly ordered by the federal government, the NUC required officers at Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for a period of five weeks.
The order was embodied in a declaration signed on behalf of the Executive by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC (Administration), Chris Maiyaki.
Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Secretary,
The Executive Secretary claimed that the new Directive had become a required sequel to many inquiries into the complete importation of the previous letter from the Commission, Ref. NUC/ES/138/Vol.63/151 and, on the above-mentioned issue, dated 23 December 2020.
He urged universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the current security protocols and guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which were severely communicated through NUC circulars to the Nigerian University System.
“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 added.