The National Universities Commission (NUC) on Friday directed Vice-Chancellors of universities to resume academic activities on January 18, 2021.
In the statement issued by NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, Maiyaki on behalf of the NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the commission urged 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.
The guidelines, he stated, have been communicated on several occasions to university authorities through circulars from the commission.
According to the statement, 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.
The statement, however, directed officers on Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for a five-week period as earlier directed by the Federal Government.
Public universities in the country have been closed since March 2020 after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an indefinite strike in February 2020.
The strike was recently called off by the agrieved lecturers following an agreement with the federal government.