The National Universities Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) have both agreed and confirmed the reopening of universities in Nigeria following the shutdown of schools and academic activities for over 6 months due to the outbreak of the deadly virus (COVID-19).
The circular press release by National Universities Commission (NUC) affirmed that 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.
Read Below full Press Statement by National Universities Commission (NUC)
Vice Chancellors will please recall that vide circulars Ref. NUC/ES/138/Vol.63/91 and NUC/ES/138/Vol.63/92 of Friday, 20th March, 2020, the National Universities Commission conveyed the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) for the closure of Higher Education institutions for a period of one month, effective from Monday, 23rd March, 2020. Subsequent to that, two joining Circulars Ref. NUC/ES/138/Vol.63/96 and FME/PSE/HE/1041/C.1/138 of 8th May, 2020, from the NUC and FME, respectively, reaffirmed the earlier decision for institutions to remain closed till further notice (Please find the enclosed again, copies of FME/NCDC/NUC guidelines).
Following the recent briefing by the Presidential Task Force Team on COVID-19, to the effect that significant decline 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 subject to the following:
Universities must continue to adhere to the safety protocols and the Nigerian Centre for Disease control (NCDC) guidelines which are very much in force. The decision to reopen institutions should not, in any way, diminish the importance attached to full compliance. The virus is still important and there is no cure as of yet.
Universities must, under no circumstances, violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the National Universities Commission (NUC) approved Benchmark Minimum Academic standards. (BMAS)
Universities are also to ensure strict compliance with other extant NUC quality assurance standards and guidelines.
A joint inspection team comprising staff of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Federal Ministry of Education (FME), will be undertaking verification visits to inspect the reopened universities and their levels of compliance with Quality Assurance/Safety standards. The impending visits will involve on-the-spot inspection of physical facilities such as lecture theatres, classrooms, staff offices, laboratories, students accommodation, emergency service/capacity, healthcare and the development of non-pharmaceutical measures which are germane to your state of preparedness for the resumption of academic activities.
Universities will periodically keep the National Universities Commission (NUC) updated on actions taken, in conformity with this directive.