How Nigerian universities are managing COVID-19 crisis

Nigerian university students started returning to classes in January for the first time in nearly a year.

The federal government had on March 19, 2020, ordered all schools to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The authorities said they were concerned about how to reopen the schools without exposing students and lecturers to the virus.

In June 2020, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 issued a 52-page document containing safety protocols and guidelines for school reopening.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on October 2, 2020, eventually gave the green light for schools to reopen, based on the COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by the PTF.

But the announcement came while the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was on a strike that started shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak.

By the time the university lecturers eventually called off their strike on December 23, 2020, the second wave of the pandemic was underway, further pushing back the reopening plans.

The government finally directed the schools to start reopening from January 18 after a protracted debate.

It was a tough decision for the government to allow students back to schools amid…

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