NUC issues new directives on reopening of varsities

The National Universities Commission has released new directives to Vice -Chancellors of Nigerian universities for the safe reopening of schools .
This followed a significant decline in the number of recorded cases of COVID – 19 pandemic in the country .

The NUC directive was contained in a memo addressed to the Vice -Chancellors , signed by its Director ( Directorate of the Executive Secretary ’s Office ) , Chris Maiyaki , obtained by journalists in Abuja on Tuesday .

The commission directed Universities to conclude their resumption arrangements in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as well as other existing NUC assurance and guidelines .

The memo reads , “ Following the recent press briefing by the Presidential Task Force Team on COVID – 19 , to the effect that significant deadline in the reproduction number ( R -value ) for COVID – 19 has been recorded in the country , the Federal Ministry of Education has accepted the request of the National Universities Commission for Universities to firm up arrangement towards the immediate resumption of academic activities .

“ Universities should expect inspection visits from staffs of the commission and the Ministry of Education for on -the- spot inspections of physical facilities such as the lecture theatres , accommodation , healthcare facilities .”