Resumption: Hopes dashed as Nigerian university makes U-Turn, awaits directives from government

– The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the resumption date for some federal institutions

– The planned resumption of academic activities for Ahmadu Bello University has been suspended

– Auwalu Umar, the school’s director, public affairs directorate revealed this in a statement

Following the second wave of coronavirus, the management of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) has announced that the planned resumption has been suspended, Daily Trust reports.

The school’s director, public affairs directorate, Auwalu Umar revealed that the institution will not resume academic activities on Monday, January 25, as earlier scheduled.

According to Umar, a verification team was sent to the institution on Wednesday, January 20, by the Kaduna state government to assess its compliance with the COVID-19 preventive protocols.

The director went on to note that the university is still awaiting directives from the state government before the resumption of academic activities.

Students, parents, and other stakeholders have been assured that whatever decision made by the state government will be conveyed immediately. Earlier, reported that the Kaduna state government announced that all schools within the state must remain closed until further notice.

The state’s permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Sukai Yayi, disclosed that schools in the state will not resume on Monday, January 18, as approved by the federal government. Yayi in a statement on Sunday, January 17, stated that the order mandating the closure of schools in the state also extends to federal institutions.

In a related development, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has told the federal government to review its position on the resumption of all public and private schools across Nigeria.

The president of NMA, Prof. Innocent Ujah, said on Wednesday, January 20, that there would be an increase in COVID-19 infections as schools reopened amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The NMA president said though schools would not be closed forever, there was the need for school administrators to enforce all COVID-19 protocols outlined by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to forestall the spread of the infection.


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