Emeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of Education, on Monday disclosed updates on the plan to reopen tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

The Minister while speaking at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID revealed that the government has met with groups pressurizing it to reopen universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

Nwajiuba noted that Coronavirus is still virulent, while mandatory guidelines haven’t been put in place by the institutions yet.

We have reviewed responses from about 78 universities already, most of which are private universities who are insistent that they are ready to go.”

“From the state-owned universities, we have a 50-50 response and we are working to upscale that and make sure that everybody is actually ready to go,” the Minister said.

He, however, expressed optimism that the institutions would soon be reopened.

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