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COVID-19: FG reveals when tertiary institutions will reopen

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The Federal Government has announced that tertiary institutions in the country will reopen “very soon”.

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, disclosed this during a programme aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Saturday. He recalled that tertiary institutions in the country were closed in March to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

Nwajiuba noted that private universities have requested to be allowed to reopen ahead of public institutions. He said the Vice-chancellors of the schools made the request in order to allow those in exit classes to resume in earnest.

He said: “Tertiary institutions across the country will open very soon,.

“Private universities have written us, requesting that they are allowed to reopen ahead of public institutions. Vice-chancellors have also requested that we allow them to reopen for their students in exit classes.

“We have also a lot of calls from bodies who want us to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities before reopening because some public schools which are not ASUU-prone want to take the advantage of the strike to move ahead, but that would destroy our public schools. So, we are working on all these calls.”

Nwajiuba said the federal government is also working to end the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) before schools reopen.

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