The Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye Ph.D, FAS, has issued a statement to update Parents and Guardians of students in the University on the ongoing efforts of Management to sustain teaching and learning in the University in spite of the nationwide lockdown due to the Covid19 pandemic.
In a letter dated 21st May 2020, the Vice-Chancellor assured Parents that his administration remains committed to the continued wellbeing and welfare of its students and their academic progress.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed regret that the Covid-19 pandemic which started as a long-distance story in faraway Wuhan city of China has disrupted the traditional way of living and of doing things including how to study and how to teach at all levels of educational institutions “There is no doubt that the nation-wide lockdown has altered the age-long traditional behavioural pattern of doing things in Nigeria. Yet Igbinedion University, Okada, has adapted rather dramatically through the adoption of modern technology”.
Prof. Ezemonye stated that the University in response to the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant closure of all academic institutions in the country has deployed its On-line Learning Management System (OLMS) through which the University is already engaging students in virtual academic teachings; attending classes and taking continuous assessments from the comfort of their homes.
The Vice-Chancellor also noted that the University as part of its Community Social Responsibility (CSR) recently donated its mass-produced face masks and hand sanitizers to its host community – Okada Town through its Community Service Programme (CSP), and is “also intensifying collaborative research to find a cure for the corona virus”.
The statement ended with advice to parents and guardians as well as students to stay well and stay safe and that parents and guardians should encourage and support their wards to concentrate on their e-learning while looking forward to having the students back on campus soon.
In a related development, the Vice-Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye Phd. FAS, has announced the receipt of a letter from the National Universities Commission (NUC) announcing the award of Full Accreditation status to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University.
This follows the accreditation program conducted by the NUC and its visit to the Department in November/December 2019.
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