Recall that late March 2020 academic activities for the 2019/2020 academic session were suspended due to the ASUU strike. After months of negotiation, on Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020, the union suspended its nine months old strike. It was because of the festive period, the numerous public holidays and the directives of the Federal Government to suspend academic activities due to the spread of Covid-19 that schools could not resume immediately.
However, some universities have now announced their resumption dates. Four public universities have announced that they are set to resume academic activities.
1. University of Ilorin:
The management of the University of Ilorin has declared that the institution would resume full academic activities for the Rain semester on January 11, 2021. The university explained that lectures will, however, be delivered online in line with the directives of the NUC.
2. Bayero University Kano (BUK):
The Senate of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has approved the cancellation of 2019-2020 academic sessions. According to the Senate, new academic session for undergraduate students will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021 as the first semester, while the second semester will begin on Monday, May 3, 2021. For the postgraduate students, the Senate slated Monday, January 18, as the date to resume for the first semester while the second semester will begin on Tuesday, June 1.
3. University of Benin in Benin City (UNIBEN):
All returning students (old and new) of the University of Benin in Benin City (UNIBEN), Edo state, have also directed by the management of the institution to resume for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions on January 30, 2021.
4.Federal University, Dutse (FUD):
The Senate of the Federal University, Dutse (FUD) during a special session on 6th January, 2021, approved February 1, 2021 for the resumption of academic activities in the university. The management of the university announced that the resumption date was for the completion of the first semester of the 2019/2020 academic session.