FG Orders Vice-Chancellors to Maintain Closure of Universities

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered the Vice-Chancellors of all Nigeria Universities to maintain the closure of institutions. The order was to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the University communities stay safe.

The Ministry of Education gave the directive through the National University Commission. The circular from the Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s office was sent to the Vice-Chancellors.

“Vice-Chancellors will please recall that following the ministerial directive of March 19, 2020, the NUC issued two circulars on Friday, March 20, to convey approval for the closure of institutions for a period of one month effective from Monday, March 23.

“The Federal Ministry of Education has subsequently directed on Friday, March 8 that all schools remain closed as the Federal Government is closely monitoring developments on the containment of the COVID-19. Vice-Chancellors are to ignore the fake news being circulated in the social media as the situation is under constant review and any decision will be conveyed through the appropriate channels…”

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of the Universities is still on an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to keep to the 2019 MoA and over the lingering crisis on the Integrated Personnel and  Payroll Information System.