Wednesday, July 14, 2021 4:30 pm
By Nehru Odeh
The Senate of the University of Lagos has shut down the hostels of the institution over reported cases of the novel coronavirus on the campus.
As a result of that students have been asked to vacate the hostels latest 12noon tomorrow, and that virtual lectures will commence on 26 July 2021, according to a statement signed by UNILAG’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Nonye Oguama and issued on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to her, the move is to further check the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic on campus.
‘’To check the spread of the dreaded disease on campus, the University Senate has directed that all students vacate the halls of residence latest by 12.00 noon on Thursday 15 July.
‘’No access will be granted to any student after noon on 15 July. The hostels will be locked indefinitely, therefore students are advised to move all their personal effects at once.
‘’Lectures for the rest of the semester will be delivered virtually with effect from July 26,” Oguama said in the statement.
She added that the university commenced physical classes at the end of May, when the positivity rate of the infection dropped to about one per cent and had continued to enforce the COVID-19 protocols in all the teaching and learning spaces as well as the student halls of residence.
“In addition, the COVID-19 vaccination was made available to the staff and students through the support of the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council.
“Lately, some students have tested positive. These students have been sent to the appropriate designated facilities in the state and contact-tracing has enabled us to identify those who have had exposure and directed them to isolate.
“The situation is indeed worrisome, especially noting the reluctance of the majority of students to comply with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
“To avoid the escalation of cases on campus, the Senate at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, July 14, approved that all students vacate the halls of residence by 12.00pm on Thursday indefinitely,’’ Oguama said.