By Aiyeku Timothy
The Federal Government has ordered universities to shut down across the country as part of the measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the wake of the second wave.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) in a circular signed by Chris Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) on Wednesday, emphasized the directive by the FG to Vice-Chancellors of universities to stop academic activities amid increasing COVID-19 cases.
According to the circular, classrooms, hostel accommodation, conferences and seminars are to be put on hold.
On December 22, the federal government ordered civil servants on GL 12 and below to stay at home for five weeks, and the same directive has been emphasized to universities across the country.
Those on GL 13 and above have also been asked to observe all COVID-19 protocols by washing their hands regularly, or sanitizing their hands, wearing of face mask and reducing the number of visitors in the offices.
“Vice-Chancellors are to please note that the directive is part of the measures approved by Mr. President to mitigate the second wave of Coronavirus infections in the country.
“The affected officers are expected to perform their duties from home while those on GL 13 and above should strictly adhere to the extant preventive measures,” the circular reads.