- Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has been shut down over the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria
- Abiodun Olanrewaju, the public relations officer of the University, made this known on Friday, March 20
- Olanrewaju said the closure was in compliance with directives from the federal government
The management of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife has shut down the institution until further notice.
The Nation reports that a statement by the public relations officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Friday, March 20, said the closure was in compliance with directives from the federal government.
Legit.ng gathered that the federal government had on Thursday, March 19, ordered all tertiary institutions and unity schools to shut down in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“All students of the university have been directed to proceed on a break and those in the university’s halls of residence have been asked to vacate their hostels and go home.
“Accordingly, students are expected to be leaving their hostels and the campus beginning from Monday, March 23, latest by 5:00 pm.
“Parents and guardians of our students are advised to ensure that their children and wards comply fully with the order,” the statement added.
The institution's vice-chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, also ordered the suspension of all local, national and international conferences, seminars or workshops, scheduled to hold in the university, until further notice.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Osun government ordered the closure of all public gatherings including churches, mosques and schools in the state to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
It was reported the order was contained in a statement on Thursday, March 19, by the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, and sent to the media by his spokesman, Ismail Omipidan.
According to the statement, the ban takes effect from Friday, March 20 till further notice.
In another report, amid growing scare over coronavirus, Dino Melaye, a former senator representing Kogi West, said face masks and hand sanitisers are not the solutions but a remorseful return to the way of the Lord.
Coronavirus, officially, knowns as Covid-19, took a hair-raising dimension as four more cases were reported barely twenty-four hours after presidential aide Tolu Ogunlesi announced five more cases.
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