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NUC Directs Universities To Resume On 18th January

Following the recent suspension of ASUU Strike on the 23rd of December, 2020, The National Universities Commission (NUC) has instructed Vice-chancellors of universities to resume academic activities on January 18, in strict accordance to the directive of the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force PTF.

This was made known in a statement signed by NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.

According to Maiyaki, “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 (BMAS) approved by the NUC, as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines,” the statement noted.

Nigeria’s public universities have been closed since March 2020, after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on a strike, and they’ve recently suspended the strike following the payment of lecturers outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.


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