Tertiary institutions across the county are expected to resume academic activities slated to start by Monday, January 18, 2021 in relation with a directive given on Friday by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

A statement made by the NUC, said the directive generated from the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on the resumption of schools.  

The Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) of the commission, Mr. Chris Maiyaki, said in a statement in Abuja, urged the universities to protect lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on COVID-19.

He stated that the procedures have been communicated on several occasions to university authorities through circulars from the commission.

The Deputy Executive Secretary noted that on the resumption of academic activities, universities must under no condition 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 Deputy Executive Secretary , however, stated that Grade Level 12 officers and below should stay at home for a five-week period as earlier ordered by the federal government.

Public tertiary institutions in the country have been shut down since March 2020 after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite strike that lasted about 10 months.

A lockdown imposed by the government to curtail the spread of COVID-19 also forced the students to remain at  home. 

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