Following the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) one-week extension of the governorship and state houses of assembly elections, some Nigerian universities have announced new resumption dates for academic activities.
The Federal Ministry of Education had previously directed Nigerian tertiary institutions to suspend academic activities until the election was completed on March 14th.
However, INEC has moved the second round of the country’s general elections from March 11th to March 18th.
As a result, several universities, including the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Lagos State University (LASU), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), and Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), have announced new resumption dates.
The University of Abuja has stated that it will not go on vacation and will instead continue academic activities virtually throughout the break.
Lamara Garba, a spokesperson for Bayero University, Kano (BUK), stated that the institution’s Senate has not yet decided on a new resumption date.
Umar Aliyu, a professor and the Dean of Students’ Affairs at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS), said the one-week extension would also apply to the institution, but there is no definite resumption date yet.
He stated that UDUS would begin a new session by the end of March, but that the institution’s Senate would have to meet to determine an exact date of resumption.
“We are also applying that extension now that the elections have been extended by one week,” he told our reporter over the phone on Friday. “Officially, we are scheduled to begin a new session by (the end of) March. Now, the date must be changed, which means the Senate must convene to decide on a new date.”
Meanwhile, LASU, UNILAG, LASUED, and FUOYE have issued statements announcing new resumption dates.
The Senates of UNILAG and LASU approved resumption on Tuesday, March 21st, according to statements from both institutions.
What’s your take? Please drop a comment…