When are universities going to resume in Nigeria? See the latest update from the major universities across the country.
The Nigerian government has issued new guidelines for the re-opening of schools across the country.
The National Coordinator of the presidential task force on Covid-19 said all schools that are considering reopening must have a communication strategy to help share information about the disease.
Dr. Sani explains that schools and education bodies must have a detailed communication protocol that includes parents, school health teams, school authorities, and local plus state officials.
These additional guidelines are coming as schools prepare to reopen on the 12th of October across the country.
But even as students of unity schools across Nigeria are happy to resume class from the 12th of October, 2020, others in some universities, college of education, and polytechnics are still not sure as to when they will return to school.
Their uncertainty is mainly because of the ASUU strike and the way the union leaders continue to insist that universities in the country won’t be opened as long as the government refused to meet their demands.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) have also joined the strike to cry out to the government to also meet their demand.
Although the National University Commission has given universities the go-ahead to begin plan to open their doors to students, many school management says they are not yet sure when their institutions will finally resume.
These are some of the public universities in Nigeria and their position on when they will resume:
The management of Ahmedu Bello University Zaria said they don’t know the exact time that the school will resume.
The University spoke person Auwalu Umar told BBC that as things stand now, the school isn’t ready to reopen. He said with the ongoing ASUU strike, it is not clear when the University will open its doors to students.
LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY
The Lagos state university on its website said the University has resumed since the 14th of September, 2020 but as it is now, students are yet to return to campus as a result of the ASUU strike.
According to the school management, only final year students in the undergraduate category i.e. 400, 500, and 600 level (depending on the duration of programme) are permitted to resume academic activities from Monday 14th September, 2020 and their lecture hours shall be from 9.00am to 3.00pm daily (Monday to Friday)
ii. Postgraduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) will also resume on Monday 14th September, 2020 but their lectures shall be weekends only.
iii. 200 to 500 level (all levels other than 100 level and final year) students shall commence academic activities from Monday 9th November, 2020, while lectures for new students (100 levels) shall commence Monday 11th January, 2021.
iv. Sandwich Degree Programme, Part-Time at the Epe Campus and Diploma students will commence lectures on Friday 13th November, 2020 and their lectures shall hold during the weekends.
UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT
The university of port Harcourt management said they have begun putting things together to observe and maintain the COVID-19 prevention protocols in line with NUC directives.
The spoke person of Uniport, Sam Kpenu told BBC Pidgin that the institution has gone a long way to ensure that isolation centers, testing centers, and laboratories are set up within its campuses.
Kpenu also said the University is currently acquiring washbasins that will be deployed at strategic areas within the university community as well as infrared thermometers that will be used to check the temperature of students and other people as they enter the university campus.
He said the University of portharcourt is ready for resumption but he isn’t sure when exactly is the resumption date.
“Again the strike action by ASUU, SSANU, and NASU has crumbled the university so even if we resume, nobody will be available to attend to the students.” He added.
UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA
The management of the University of Abuja said right now they are waiting for further directive from the National University Commission to know the exact date that they will reopen.
The spoke person of the University, Habib Yakoob said so far the school is ensuring that all the covid19 requirement set by the National University Commission is put in place and that the university is yet to fix a date for reopening.
BAYERO UNIVERSITY KANO
A staff of Bayero University Kano, Mr. Abdul Sani said the University is yet to have a clear date or time for resumption.
He said the only activity that the university is currently focusing on at the moment is the post UTME registration for the new student but no news yet for old students.
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY
Although the management of Obafemi Awolowo University hasn’t come out with any circular concerning school resumption, the institution had earlier in September sent out information to inform all students that the school isn’t ready to reopen lecture rooms for students.
They say the school is a federal government institution and it won’t reopen until it receives a piece of authentic information from the federal government to that effect. The management appeal to the students to be calm and await the management’s directive.
UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
The University of Lagos is also one of the big Nigerian university that isn’t going to resume because of the ongoing ASUU, SSANU, and NASU strike.
Some of the officials that spoke to the BBC say as long as the government hasn’t met their demands, they are not going back to class. This means that even if the school management reopens the school, they won’t be anyone available to attend to the students.
UNIVERSITY OF JOS
Students of the university of Jos like all others are not sure when the institution will call them back to school.
ASUU members in the university said the school is following the directive of ASUU leadership and they will not go back to class.
[BBC News Pidgin]