National Universities Commission (NUC) has commenced the collection of data to assess the readinesss of all universities for a possible resumption of academic activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive secretary of the Commission, Abubakar Adamu Rasheed disclosed this yesterday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the ongoing contributions of Nigerian universities to the COVID-19 situation.
Represented by deputy executive secretary, Academics, Dr Suleiman Ramon Yusuf, the NUC boss stated that efforts are also ongoing in finding solution to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike and reopening of universities.
He noted that the commission is already working with universities in terms of what kind of preparation should be put in place before reopening, adding that once that is done, universities not under ASUU watch can go back to classes.
He said, “We have requested that vice chancellors of all universities should tell us what kind of protocols and strategies they are putting in place in the various institutions. We are collecting some of the responses which have already started coming in and at the end of the day, the picture should emerge about the extent to which our universities are prepared to reopen for academic activities.”
Speaking on the various contributions being made by Nigerian universities, Rasheed said over thirty two Universities in the country have so far involved in researches that are aimed at mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated that a compendium put together by the Commission showed Nigerian universities are making contribution, stressing that University of Jos which is leading in herbal and natural product development could do more if federal government release more funds to such institutions for research purposes.