The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered vice-chancellors of universities to begin academic activities on January 18.
Chris Maiyaki, NUC’s deputy executive secretary (administration), made this known in a statement issued on behalf of Abubakar Rasheed, the commission’s executive secretary, on Friday.
According to the commission, the development was in corroboration with the decree of the presidential task force (PTF) team on COVID-19.
It further said that the move was also a follow up to several enquires on the full import of the commission’s previous letter with Ref. No. NUC/ES/138/Vol.63/151 and dated December 23, 2020, on the matter.
NUC, nonetheless, instructed officers on grade level 12 and below to stay behind at home for five weeks in compliance with the federal government’s decree.
Maiyaki admonished universities to guarantee strict compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as contained in the circulars released by the commission.
“I am to add that universities on the resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards approved by the NUC, as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines,” he said.
This is coming in nearly two weeks after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had suspended its strike.
ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike in March last year following the non-implementation of agreements the federal government reached the union in 2009.
Nonetheless, ASUU’s conditionally suspended the over nine-month industrial action in December after several negotiations with the federal government.