Breaking: UNILAG’s Campus Closed Indefinitely Amid COVID-19 New Outbreak

UNILAG's campus will be closed indefinitely, and classes will be held online Amid COVID-19

The University of Lagos, UNILAG, has declared that the campus will be closed indefinitely beginning Thursday, July 15th, due to the spread of COVID-19.

This is because UNILAG instructed students to vacate the residence hall, stating that courses would now be done online.

UNILAG’s Dean Of Students Affairs

According to a statement from UNILAG Dean of Students Affairs, Mr. Ademola Adeleke, titled “Immediate closure of hostels to check the spread of Covid-19 on UNILAG,” the school administration stated the move was taken to stop the disease from spreading.

“In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on UNILAG campus, the University Senate has ordered that all students depart their residence halls by 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, 2021. After 12 p.m. on July 15, no student will be allowed admission.

“Because UNILAG hostels will be locked, students should move all of their personal belongings at once. With effect from July 26th, 2021, the remainder of the semester’s lectures will be delivered virtually.”

Mrs. Nonye Ogwuma, UNILAG’s Head of Information Unit, said that the institution began physical lectures at the end of May 2021, when the COVID-19 infection positivity rate had reduced to roughly 1%.

“The COVID-19 protocols were continuing to be enforced by University Management in all teaching and learning environments, as well as student living halls. In addition, with the help of the Provost and Chairman of Council, the COVID-19 immunization was made available to employees and students.

“Recently, some pupils have tested positive for the virus. These pupils have been transferred to the state’s designated facilities, and contact tracing has allowed us to identify individuals who have been exposed and direct them to isolation.

“The situation is concerning, especially given the majority of students’ unwillingness to follow the COVID-19 preventive methods. To avert escalation of the situation on campus, the University Senate decided at an emergency meeting on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021, that all students must depart the residence halls by 12 p.m. on Thursday, indefinitely. With effect from July 26th, 2021, lectures for the remainder of the semester will be delivered virtually,” she remarked.

In a related development, the management of the Lagos State University, LASU, highlighted the different efforts taken by the administration to avoid the pandemic’s spread through the Coordinator, Centre for Information, Press and Public Relations, CIPPR, Mr Ademola Adekoya.

“A likely third wave of Covid-19 pandemic: Management enforces protocol compliance,” read the statement.

“The Lagos State administration indicated over the weekend that the state could be hit by a third wave of the Covid-19 outbreak. This is due to an increase in the number of positive cases recorded recently, as well as a higher occupancy rate in the Isolation Centers. As a result, preventive steps to prevent the spread of the infection on our campuses are required.

“As a result, the University Management requires all members of the LASU community to follow all NCDC-designed preventive practices in order to prevent any spread. Compulsory and proper usage of a facemask in public areas are among the measures. Regular handwashing with soap and water or the use of an alcohol-based sanitizer, a physical distance of two metres, a 50% occupancy rate in corridors, classrooms, offices, worship centers, and other public spaces, and temperature checks at entrances are also recommended.

“Water taps are currently available at the campus doors for all visitors, including students, to wash their hands. All faculties and centers received Veronica buckets, infrared thermometers, and alcohol-based sanitizer.

“Management is adamant about these rules being followed. To ensure adherence, Deans, Directors, Faculty Members, Heads of Units, Members of Staff, Security Officers, Porters, and Cleaners allocated to faculties, buildings, and halls are required.

“Students are also encouraged to bring personal facemasks and hand sanitizers to supplement the University Management’s efforts.”

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