Prof. Abubakar Rasheed. Picture Credit: NUC

The regulatory body of Nigerian universities, The National Universities Commission (NUC) has instructed all the university Vice-Chancellors not to re-open their institutions for now to keep students safe from the scourge of corona virus. The circular which was signed by the Director, Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office, Chris Maiyaki, was coming on the heels of the warning from the office the Minister of Education against re-opening of schools by any academic institution in the country amidst the ongoing battle against COVID-19 pandemic.

In the circular, the NUC Director, Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office reminded the Vice-Chancellors of two circulars on Friday, March 20 which approved the closure of institutions for a period of one month effective from Monday, March 23, 2020. The Vice-Chancellors were therefore advised to ignore any false information making the rounds on the social media that the standing order is currently under review.

 “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.”

Boldscholar gathered that the Education Ministry also extended its circular to other education regulatory agencies besides the NUC; such as, National Board for Technical Education, NBTE; National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, and the Director, Basic and Secondary Education, BSE.

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