- The management of the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, has suspended its academic activities and sent the students home
- The university said it will fumigate the halls of residence as part of its measures to avoid the spread of coronavirus
- However, the members of staff are expected to continue with their normal official functions are advised to abide by the recommended preventive measures
As coronavirus spreads slowly across Nigeria, the management of the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, has suspended all academic activities involving students, effective from Friday, March 20.
The university instructed the students, international postgraduate students, except to proceed on mid-semester break and vacate the halls of residence.
The university management said the fumigation of the halls of residence would begin with immediate effect.
A statement signed by the university's registrar, R.A. Arifalo advised the students to observe all prescribed precautions and hygienic practices relating to the prevention against Covid-19.
The university management, however, stated that members of staff are expected to continue with their normal official functions.
The staff are also strongly advised to maintain proper hygiene and other prescribed anti-infection practices including social distancing.
The statement noted that the date for resumption for students will be communicated in due course.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded its first coronavirus death after a 67-year-old man who returned home following medical treatment in the United Kingdom succumbed to the disease.
This was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a tweet on Monday, March 23.
The deceased man reportedly has underlying medical conditions. Specifically, he was suffering from multiple myeloma & diabetes. He was also undergoing chemotherapy before his death.
Consequently, the NCDC commiserated with his family.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the police in Lagos had commenced a massive crackdown on social, religious and other gatherings above 50 people in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and Nigeria at large.
The Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement said the police operatives will be enforcing the ban on social gatherings, clubs, parties, ceremonies and religious gatherings of more than 50 persons in the state.
The residents of the state were urged to comply with the guidelines and directives issued by both the federal government and the Lagos state government on prevention of the spread of Covid-19.
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