The management of University of Ibadan(UI), on Friday ordered all students to vacate the campus immediately, adding that the institution will remain closed until further notice.
A statement by the University’s Registrar, Olubunmi Faluyi, said the Board of Health of the university considered the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria and decided to take a health safety precautionary measure.
However, the Registrar added that the Students’ Affairs Division of the University will see to any need to make special arrangements for international students who are unable to vacate their hostels.
“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 COVID-19 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. However, the Students’ Affairs Division of the University will see to any need to make special arrangements for international students who are unable to vacate their hostels.
“All primary and secondary schools located within the campus of the University of Ibadan are hereby advised to close until the Pandemic is brought under effective control. All staff and students, wherever they may be, are strongly advised to adhere strictly to all health safety measures to avoid exposure to or contact with the virus.
Please let us all keep safe as much as it lies with us during this period,” Faluyi said.
OAU sends students home
The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have announced the closure of the university until further notice.
A release by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Friday, said this was in compliance with directives from the Federal Government.
“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, 2020, latest by 5:00pm.
“Parents and guardians of our students are advised to ensure that their children and wards comply fully with the order,” the statement said.
Also, the OAU Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has ordered the suspension of all local, national and international conferences, seminars or workshops, scheduled to hold in the University, until further notice.
The Federal Government had on Thursday ordered all tertiary institutions and unity schools to shut down in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.