After six months of the lockdown of institutions directed by the Federal Ministry of Education occasioned by the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, Igbinedion University has announced the resumption of full academic activities for the 2020/2021 academic session beginning with online registration of Fresh (100L) students on 28th September 2020.
Disclosing this after the senate meeting on Thursday, the Registrar, Friday Benji Bakare, Esq, said in line with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) directive for Social and Physical Distancing, the physical resumption of students will be in phases beginning with the exiting class and the post-graduate students returning on Saturday the 3rd of October 2020.
He explained that students from 200-500 levels depending on the programme of study would resume on the 24th October, while fresh students who have already started their online registration would be admitted on campus beginning from Saturday 7th November 2020.
In his goodwill message, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, said the University in its bid to maintain the sanctity of steady academic calendar, leveraged on its smart campus even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak to carry out online teaching & learning and was able to conclude the session.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the lockdown afforded the University the opportunity to look inwards and produced some pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required ensuring the safety of staff and students upon resumption.
The Pharmaceuticals and non-pharmaceuticals, according to him included customized WHO standard face-mask, foot-operated mechanical hand sanitizers and decontamination chamber among others.
He advised parents and guardians to ensure they make all payments through University’s official portal so as not fall prey to some fictitious website offering admissions to unsuspecting candidates in the name of Igbinedion University with fake account numbers. The Vice-Chancellor concluded by requesting the parents and students are critical stake holders, and should therefore feel free to report any maleficence that is not in consonance with the University ethos to the Servicom Unit for prompt action.