The Management of Igbinedion University Okada led by its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye PhD., FAS were on ground to ensure compliance to the covid-19 protocol and to receive students in the exiting class as the University officially opened its door to full academic activities on Saturday 3rd of October 2020 after a 6 month-long break necessitated by the Novel COVID-19 pandemic.
This followed a comprehensive environmental decontamination and cleaning exercise of all hostels, classrooms, auditoriums, laboratories, central library and public facilities such as shuttle buses, shuttle cabs among others embarked upon by the university in the last couple of days.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye PhD, FAS had earlier in a statement reiterated that “Following NUC directives, the University is set to resume for the 2020/2021 academic session. However, in line with the NCDC safety protocols, the resumption would be phased and blended commencing with the exit classes who are expected on campus by 3rd October 2020”
Prof. Ezemonye further urged members of the various committees set up by the University for the reopening exercise to reciprocate the huge confidence that students, parents and guardians have invested in the University’s Management by adopting a human-face approach and be extremely professional in the discharge of their duties.
It is noteworthy that as early as 9 am, staff members from the various committees setup for the reopening exercise were already on duty at the University residential campus gate popularly called Estate Gate, to attend to the returning students who upon arrival were compelled to go through protocols including temperature check, passing them and their luggage through the IUO-made disinfection tunnel, wearing of face masks and use of sanitizers as laid down by the NCDC.
Commenting on the smooth running of the exercise, the Chairman of the Medical Team on the Guidelines for resumption amidst Covid-19, Dr. Benedict Benebo expressed satisfaction at the level of compliance to the Covid-19 regulation by the students. He further hinted that it is obvious that the students were happy to be back to schools after six months of lockdown