The University of Abuja stated that they will continue with academic activities virtually throughout the three-week break ordered by the Nigerian government due to the forthcoming general elections

In a statement by its vice-chancellor, Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, a professor, said following the government’s directive, physical academic activities would be suspended on Wednesday but virtual classes would continue during the break.

Mr. Na’Allah said the university cannot afford to go on another break or alter its current academic calendar as it is yet to recover from previous academic disruptions occasioned by the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 and the eight-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in 2022.

The Management has decided that the three weeks election break, while students will go home, will not be a break for UNIABUJA staff and students, he said. “Rather, it will be a period that our university will transfer teaching and learning 100 per cent to virtual system using electronic technology to continue the academic process and wherever in the world our students choose to travel to during this break.”

He also stated that “Each Centre on its own would also reach out to you on what ways you can choose to do this in a manner that is convenient to each lecturer, i.e., Google platform, WhatsApp, Microsoft team platform, UNIABUJA virtual classroom system, etc.”

In conclusion, the University of Abuja wants to make sure that after the three weeks election break which must be enforced, the UNIABUA is not going back in its calendar but move it forward to the logical conclusion of the academic calendar approved by Senate.

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