COVID-19: UI asks students to vacate campus until further notice

COVID-19: UI asks students to vacate campus until further notice

- The University of Ibadan has requested that all students vacate the campus immediately

- The management of UI in a release noted that the institution will remain closed until further notice

- The university urged all its students and members of staff to stick to safety measures in order to curb the spread of coronavirus

Amid the growing tension of coronavirus spreading in Nigeria, students of the University of Ibadan have been asked by the institution's management to immediately vacate the campus.

According to Nigerian Tribune, the university’s release signed by its registrar, Olubunmi Faluyi, dated Thursday, March 19, noted that the school will be closed until the spread of the deadly virus is brought under control.

The students’ affairs department of the university will look into making arrangements for international students who are unable to vacate the campus.

The university also encouraged its staff and students to obey safety measures such as social distancing, use of sanitizers, regular washing of hands to avoid exposure to or contact with the coronavirus.

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The statement reads: “This is to inform the University Community that the Board of Health of the University of Ibadan at its meeting of Thursday, 19 March 2020 considered the state of the coronavirus Pandemic in Nigeria.

“As a health safety precautionary measure, it recommended that all students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) vacate the Campus immediately. The Vice-Chancellor has approved this recommendation on behalf of the Senate.

“Consequently, all students are hereby directed to vacate the campus with effect from Friday, 20 March 2020. The institution will remain closed to students until further notice. All primary and secondary schools located within the campus of the University of Ibadan are hereby advised to close until the coronavirus Pandemic is brought under effective control."

PAY ATTENTION: Get the Latest Nigerian News Anywhere 24/7. Spend less on the Internet! previously reported that the 24th convocation ceremony of the Lagos State University (LASU) has been cancelled and indefinitely postponed over the growing tension of coronavirus.

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The decision was taken during an emergency management meeting on Thursday, March 19, following an earlier decision by University of Lagos (UNILAG) to cancel its own event.

Prior to the decision, the management of the university had announced rosters of activities to mark the 24th convocation ceremony where 8,959 graduands will be conferred with honours in diplomas and various degrees programmes.

Similarly, Ondo state government has announced the closure of schools and tertiary institutions in the state from Friday, March 20, hours after four more cases of coronavirus were reported in Nigeria.

The decision became necessary as the whole world is put on lockdown over the virus which is responsible for the death of 10,000 people with thousand of lives on the red line.

In a related development, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has apologised to the general public, saying he takes "responsibility for that lapse in judgement" following a whirlpool of backlashes that trailed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s 'unification rally'.

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The southwest region of the PDP had on Wednesday, March 18, held a rally in Ibadan, Oyo state capital at Mapo Hall to welcome a score of defectors including former governor of Osun state Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former deputy governor of Oyo state Taofeek Arapaja. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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