In compliance with the COVID-19 protocol of hindrance of all activities involving large gathering of people, the National Universities Commission (NUC) gave a directive to Vice-Chancellors to put all academic activities in the university on hold for now. Therefore, all university students hoping to return to the university following the suspension of the eight weeks strike by university lecturers would not be able to do so.
The Federal Government also issued a directive stating that all Grade Level officers below 13 should stay at home for a five weeks period effective from the 23rd of December in following the rise of COVID-19 cases. The NUC in a circular by Chris Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) stated that classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences and seminars should be put on hold in compliance to COVID-19 protocol on prohibition of large crowds. It further stated all universities should remain closed until further instructions by the Federal government on the reopening of schools.
Maiyaki stated that “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 hand, wearing of face masks and reducing the number of visitors to offices”