The Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Private Universities (CPCPU) has appealed to the Federal Government to reopen the country’s 78 private universities shut alongside other educational institutions in Nigeria amid COVID-19 within the next one month.
A statement by the Head of Corporate Services of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Tunde Olofintila, said the demand was contained in the communiqué issued by the CPCPU at the end of its emergency virtual meeting of July 25, 2020.
The CPCPU, in the communique, said that private universities were ready to reopen having put in place all the necessary requirements and protocols specified by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure a safe and secure campus.
The pro-chancellors said that the plea became more imperative because private universities in the country had made sustained efforts to comply with the guidelines for the reopening as detailed in its template submitted through the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to the Federal Government.
In another development, the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Kayode Soremekun, has urged Nigerian universities to embrace the use of digital technology and distance learning to teach students in response to the closure of schools amid COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that tertiary institutions in the country were faced with the challenge of COVID-19, which necessitated new thinking in the direction of digital technology and distance learning.
Soremekun, who described the virtual learning as the “new normal,” said that the old learning method was no longer realistic in view of the virus pandemic that has kept students out of schools for several months.