NUC orders varsities to suspend academic activities



By Ismail Auwal 

Two days after the suspension of The Academic Staff Union of Universities’s (ASUU) strike, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed the Vice-Chancellors of universities to suspend any form of academic activities in campuses.

The NUC, in a circular signed by the Deputy Executive Secretary Administration, Chris Maiyaki, said classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences and seminars should be suspended.

According to the directive, the universities should remain closed during this intervening period, pending further directives by FG on the reopening of schools.

“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. “

Continuing, the circular said, “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,” it said.

The Federal Government had on Tuesday, issued a circular directing officers on Grade Level 12 and below to stay at home for a period of five weeks, effective from Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020, following the resurgence in the number of COVID-19 reported cases

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