Adebayo Obajemu

Students in Nigerian public universities who were in high spirits of resuming academic work immediately after the Yuletide period following the suspension of a strike by lecturers may have had their hopes dashed.

Reason the National Universities Commission (NUC) has issued a directive to all universities to suspend academic activities due to the spread of COVID-19.

In the past week, over 5,000 new cases were recoded , the highest weekly figure ever.

Recall that lecturers in public universities, ASUU, on Wednesday, suspended their nine months strike after an agreement with the government on university funding and other matters.

The academic body has hinted its members were ready to work as soon as the government puts COVID-19 protocols in place in the universities.

“As far as we are concerned, we are ready to resume work. Let the government do what is needed to ensure safety. We insist that the COVID-19 protocol should be observed,” ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi said.

While the government has not spelt out clear COVID-19 protocols for the universities, it had announced that all schools should remain shut till at least January 18.

The latest directive stopping physical academic activities, including in private universities not affected by the ASUU strike, thus means that until a counter directive by the NUC, universities will not resume academic activities.


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