- UI has taken steps to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Oyo state
- The institution now shut two of its major gates to reduce the influx of people into the university
- The chief security officer of the institution, Victor Fadeyibi, says the measures were aimed at protecting people's lives
The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has shut two of the gates that lead to the institution as part of its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, especially as it reaches a critical situation in Nigeria.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that four gates lead to the University of Ibadan campus but two main gates and the second gate are along the popular Oyo road and used by the majority of the entrants.
But in a release by the chief security officer of the institution, Victor Fadeyibi, two of the gates, Ajibode and Poly gates would now be shut with immediate effect.
The information made available on the university's website reads: "Many of those who use Poly and Ajibode gates of the university are motorists who use them as bypasses or shortcuts. Though their destinations are not the campus, they constitute significant traffic on campus. Shutting these gates was considered a way of lessening the chance of COVID-19 whose main way of spreading is person-to-person."
The information added that those who access the campus would now be made to use either first or second gate while they would be provided with handwashing items at the gates.
The university administration has, however, suspended the use of metal tallies or gate passes and introduced disposable tallies.
This is to reduce the frequency of contact with potentially contaminated surfaces by campus security personnel and other users.
This is done based on the information that the coronavirus could survive on metal surfaces for up to three days.
"Metal gate passes could, therefore, be a harbour for the virus," the university noted.
The new paper pass contains information, "Together we can drive out coronavirus."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) assured that the government's insensitivity towards health and education as well as its lip service towards good governance would not prevent it from being socially responsible to society.
It was reported that the national president of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made the declaration on Tuesday, March 31, while launching the hand sanitisers and media campaign materials produced by the University of Ibadan branch of the union.
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