NUC directs universities to resume academic activities on January 18

Following a directive issued on Friday by the National Universities Commission (NUC), universities across the county are expected to resume academic activities on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The NUC said its decision is in line with the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 advice on the resumption of schools.

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

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

The Deputy Executive Secretary stated that on the resumption of academic activities, universities 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.

He, however, said officers on Grade Level 12 and below should remain at home for a five-week period as earlier directed by the federal government.

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