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Covid-19- VCs Counter ASUU Over School Resumption

Some University Vice-Chancellors have countered claims made by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that universities are not ready to reopen over the second wave of COVID-19.

ASUU had said the institutions cannot implement safety guidelines against the virus, putting students and staff at risk of infection.

However, some of the Vice-Chancellors said they are ready to resume.

Prof. Felix Salako, VC of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, said the school would resume on January 18, 2021, saying they will ensure compliance with COVID-19 directives.

He revealed that the school had undergone fumigation more than 10 times since March 2020. He added that hand sanitisers have been produced by the management and hand-washing basins as well as soaps have been provided for handwashing.

Salako also said the school would operate ‘hybrid teaching’, a system where students will have both physical and virtual learning. He allayed the fear of irregular power supply, saying over 150 solar panels had been installed to provide alternative power to facilitate the ‘hybrid learning’.

Also, the management of the University of Benin has announced that the institution would resume on January 30 while Bayero University, Kano, will resume on January 18, 2021, while the second semester would commence on May 3, 2021.

The Punch reports that the Ekiti State University and the Federal University of Technology, Akure, will resume on January 18. It added that the Senate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, will meet on January 19 to decide a resumption date.

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