UNIBEN, UNILAG, BUK, others announce re-opening dates

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Following the recent suspension of strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which started in March 2020, some public universities across Nigeria, has announced reopening dates.
Recall that universities in Nigeria, have been under lock and key for nine months because of coronavirus and ASUU strike over inability of the Federal Government to fulfill the 2009 agreement with the Academic Union.
The following are some of the public universities that have announced resumption dates:
Bayero University Kano (BUK)
Bayero University Kano will begin new academic session on January 18, 2021, for the first semester while the second semester will commence on May 3, 2021.
A memo issued by the University states that 2019/2020 academic session has been cancelled for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the institution.
The senate however granted amnesty to postgraduate students who could not register within the time given for the process, to continue with the registration before the new session starts.
University of Benin (UNIBEN)
Authorities of the University of Benin, Edo State have directed both old and new students to resume on the 30th of January, 2021, as stated in a circular issued by the University after a crucial Senate meeting.
The release states that the 2019/2020 academic session first semester will run until April 1, 2021 while the second semester will start on April 5.
According to the spokesperson of the University, Benedicta Ehanire, following the meeting of the Senate on 4th of January, it was resolved that if students resume on 30th of January, lectures will start on the 1st of Febraury, 2021.
Meanwhile, fresh students will start  their clearance online from 5th of February to 30th of April and begin their orientation on 3rd of May, 2021
The University authorities disclosed that e-learning will continue  and asked students to acquire smart phones.
The authorities also want all students to follow the Covid-19 Safety protocols strictly and those that are sick should get treated before resuming.
According to the Special Adviser to Lagos State Government, Tokunbo Wahab, “tertiary institutions in Lagos are already in session but will implement staggered resumption.
He said final year students will first be allowed to return and gradually others will join. This in his view, is to avert overcrowding.
The directive affects all tertiary schools under Lagos State government.
On the other hand,  authorities of the University of Lagos, owned by the Federal Government, have disclosed that they will meet in the coming weeks to decide on resumption date.
We will keep you updated on this story….

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