The federal government has directed the reopening of Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in the country.

Tertiary institution regulatory agencies like the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) have also directed tertiary institutions to reopen.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, said the decision to reopen schools was sequel to review of COVID-19 situation in Nigeria, with the number of infections declining.

“We have consulted widely with stakeholders in the sector including the Association of Private Schools (NAPPS), Provosts of Colleges of Education, Rectors of Polytechnics, Vice-Chancellors of Universities, State Governors, Commissioners of Education and development partners,” Adamu said.

He advised all institutions to obey and adhere to the guidelines for the reopening of schools, earlier announced by the presidential task force.


He said all unity schools should open by October 12 “while states and private schools will determine their own modalities of reopening.”

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