Following six weeks of closure of hostels and suspension of physical lectures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, the authorities of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) have approved the reopening of hostels to students from Thursday, August 26.
The varsity’s Registrar, Mr Oladejo Azeez, in a statement on Tuesday night, also said the second semester examinations will commence physically on campus on the same day.
He stated that the students had been doing their second semester lectures online since the closure, but will now start their examinations with the General Studies (GST) paper scheduled for between Thursday, August 26, and Saturday, August 28, 2021.
While noting that the university would comply strictly with COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of members of staff and students while the exam lasted, Azeez said the institution has also made a special arrangement with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, and the Lagos State-owned Gbagada General Hospital for purpose of isolation and treatment in case anyone contracts the virus during the examinations.
“Only the bonafide students with bed spaces would be allowed access into the hostels and would move in in batches.
“Those in 100 and 200 levels would move in first from Thursday and expect to vacate the hostels on or before Saturday, September 11, 2021, while the 500 level Faculty of Law students and all the 300 level students would move in on Saturday, August 28 and Saturday, September 11, respectively and vacate the hostels on Sunday, September 5 and Saturday, September 18, also respectively.
“The 400 and other 500 level students would move into the hostels on Saturday, September 18 and vacate on Sunday, September 26,” the Registrar said.
He maintained that all the extant rules and regulations with the associated penalties guiding hostel residency are still applicable for compliance by all students.
The Registrar stressed that all the eligible hostel dwellers are also expected to abide by the guidelines for admittance into the hostels.
“They must have been duly registered for the second semester examinations, ready to always wear face masks, use hand sanitisers and also stick only to their bed spaces,” he said.