Nigerian Varsities get guidelines ahead of resumption amid eased COVID-19 lockdown

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THE Nigerian universities under the aegis of the National Universities Commission (NUC) said it is collecting data from universities to assess their readiness for resumption of academic activities amid the second phase of easing lockdown in the country.

VOICE AIR MEDIA has gathered that the commission are making efforts to resolve the strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) that threatens to further delay the resumption of academic activities in the universities.

According to the Executive Secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, said this during a press conference on the contributions of Nigerian universities to the national response to COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday.

VOICE AIR MEDIA noting that Nigeria closed its tertiary institutions along with lower schools in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Adamu, who was represented at the event by the deputy executive secretary Academics, Suleiman Yusuf, said the Commission is working with universities to discuss preparation that should be in place before reopening.

According to him, universities not under ASUU watch can go back to classes once they have put the necessary guidelines in place.

“We gave a template to vice-chancellors of all universities requesting them to suggest to us what kind of protocols and strategies they are putting in place in the various institutions. We are collecting some of the responses which have already started coming in and at the end of the day the picture should emerge about the extent to which our universities are prepared to reopen for academic activities,” he said.

Recall that ASUU started its warning strike on March 9 and declared an indefinite action on March 23.

ASUU embarked on strike over the non-payment of salaries of their members who failed to enrol into the federal government’s IPPIS, a payroll software mandated for all public officials.

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