Don’t reopen: FG Warns University Vice-Chancellors

The Federal Ministry of Education has warned that no university should reopen for academic activities.

In a directive from the National Universities Commission, the Director, Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office, Chris Maiyaki cautioned vice-chancellors to ensure that federal, state, and private universities remain closed to avoid students and workers from getting infected with the coronavirus.

The statement said that “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 one month effective from Monday, March 23.

“The Federal Ministry of Education also, ordered that all schools remain closed as the Federal Government is thoroughly monitoring the situation and also, ensuring that the spread of the virus is curtailed.

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However, vice-Chancellors are advised to ignore the fake news being circulated in social media as the situation is under constant review and any decision will be conveyed through the appropriate medium.

“I am therefore to forward herewith, a copy of the circular from the Federal Ministry of Education to vice-chancellors of Nigerian universities for guidance and full compliance.” It added.

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