- The vice-chancellor of UNIBEN, Prof. Lilian Salami, said academic activities would soon resume
- Salami made this known during a live programme on NTA on Wednesday, January 13
- The VC, however, noted that students have threatened to cause chaos if the closure of the universities continues
Professor Lilian Salami, the vice-chancellor of the University of Benin, has said that the school management is ready to resume academic activities in a safe and secure manner.
Punch reports that she said the university management would enforce strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols to protect students and members of staff from being exposed to coronavirus infections.
Legit.ng gathered that the vice-chancellor spoke while featuring on NTA Good Morning Nigeria breakfast show on Wednesday, January 13, adding that some students have started issuing threats to beat up lecturers should the closure of public universities persist.
The students of public universities have been at home since March 2020 when the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) began a nine-month-long strike over certain demands.
ASUU has insisted that it is not safe for lecturers and students to return to classrooms as it cannot guarantee social distancing in crowded classes and congested hostels.
In reaction, the vice-chancellor said the school authority would do all in its power to enforce COVID-19 protocols in the university community.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the universities refused to reopen because of the emergencies in the health and education sectors which the federal government failed to address.
It was reported that Ogunyemi made this disclosure on Tuesday, January 12, when he appeared on Channels TV's Sunrise Daily programme monitored by Legit.ng.
The ASUU president said the lecturers' body is greatly concerned about the safety of its members and students amid the mounting scare of COVID-19 disease.
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