- Resumption may be delayed by ASUU strike
The National Universities Commission in Abuja on Tuesday said preparations are in top gear to reopen the nation’s universities after the forced closure due to COVID – 19 pandemic.
According to the commission, it was collating data on the assessment of the level of preparedness by the various universities through their vice chancellors. This would help determine if the universities were safe for resumption for both academic and non-academic activities.
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This was disclosed by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the NUC (Academics), Dr Suleiman Ramon Yusuf, during a briefing to showcase the contributions of Nigerian universities to national response to COVID-19.
According to Yusuf, a total of 32 universities in the country were carrying out researches on the possible solutions to the coronavirus pandemic in the country. He said that so far, a reasonable number of VCs had submitted their reports on their level of readiness. He then added that once the process was concluded, the commission would make a statement either to direct universities to resume or otherwise.
Yusuf however expressed regret that the expected resumption may be marred by the strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in public varsities, and added that efforts are on to look for a permanent solution to the incessant industrial action in universities.
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He noted that the pandemic had challenged knowledge system, which had proved inadequate and insufficiently robust enough to respond to the challenges.
He said, “Only few institutions have been able to utilize open and distance learning system to keep students engaged while the pandemic lasted and only few laboratories continued with research and development activities.
“Nonetheless, the few who engaged in research and innovation work have demonstrated the need for a well-funded and robustly organized national research and innovation system to catalyse the national response.”
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