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General News of Friday, 8 January 2021


Nigerian Universities to reopen on January 18

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered vice-chancellors of universities to begin academic activities on January 18.

According to the Commission, this move is in line with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) team on Covid-19.

Since the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) and the coronavirus pandemic, universities in Nigeria have been shut down.

However, on December 23, 2020, ASUU suspended its 9-month old strike after the federal government complied to their requests which includes payment of salaries, GIFMIS among others.

In a statement released by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, all officers on Grade Level 12 and below should remain at home for a period of five weeks as directed by the federal government.

The secretary urged university authorities to strictly adhered to the safety protocols as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“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

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