In the wake of the global COVID-19 Pandemic sometime in February 2020, a nationwide lockdown which affected institutions and schools including Igbinedion University, Okada was ordered by the Federal Government in March 2020. However, to ensure the non-disruption of academic activities consistent with the policy of maintaining the sanctity of its academic calendar, the University leveraged on its smart campus to switch over to the virtual mode of teaching and learning.
Remarkably, the lockdown afforded the University the opportunity to look inwards and produce some of the pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical personal protective equipment required to ensure the safety of staff and students upon resumption. These include customized WHO standard face masks, hand sanitizers, foot-operated mechanical hand sanitizers and decontaminating chambers. Others are the production of soap and bleach for decontaminating surfaces including hand held thermometers which were acquired. We have also used the lock down period to upgrade a number of our facilities on campus in order to enrich your ward’s learning experience and comfort.
You may recall that in my last message to you sometime in May 2020, I reiterated the Management’s commitment to the continued wellbeing and welfare of its students and their academic progress. I had also urged you then to encourage and support your wards to concentrate on their e-learning while looking forward to having the students back on campus.
I am happy to note that these have been largely achieved judging by the successful conduct of the on-line teaching and the subsequent assessments marking the end of the Second Semester 2019/2020 academic session. It is on this note that I would like to appreciate you for supporting your wards and the University to wade through this period successfully.
Following NUC directives, the University is set to resume for the 2020/2021 academic session on 28th September 2020. 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. The details would be provided in a separate circular.
Meanwhile, parents and students are advised to make all payments through the official University portal and not fall prey to some fictitious websites offering admission to unsuspecting candidates in the name of Igbinedion University with fake accounts for payment. As valuable stakeholders, Management will continue to count on your support in reporting any maleficence that is not in consonance with the University ethos to our Servicom Unit for prompt action.
I congratulate the parents and students for their patience and resilience during the period of the lockdown and I look forward to having the students back on campus soon.
Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye PhD FAS