Barely a week after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had suspended its nine-month industrial action, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed all private and public universities to shut down academic activities.
NUC, the body regulating universities operations in the country, directed the schools to halt academic activities in order to stem the spread of the second wave of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) currently ravaging major parts of the country.
While ASUU’s protracted strike did not affect activities at the private institutions, students at the public universities were looking forward to resuming studies after nine months of inactivity following the industrial action called by the their lecturers.
The NUC also added in the circular to Vice Chancellors and signed by its Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Chris Maiyaki, Friday, that classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences, and seminars should be suspended at all the universities.
NUC further informed that the directive to close remains effective until the Federal Government gives an order on the reopening of universities.
“Vice-Chancellors are to please note that the directive is part of the measures approved by Mr. President to mitigate the second wave of Coronavirus infections in the country.
“The affected officers are expected to perform their duties from home while those on GL 13 and above should strictly adhere to the extant preventive measures, including maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing of hands and/or sanitizing of hands, wearing of face masks and reducing the number of visitors to offices.”