By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife has announced the resumption of academic activities for 2019/2020 academic session.
According to the management, the approved resumption programme was subject to periodic review in line with the realities and trend of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A release by the school Registrar, Mrs M. I. Omosule dated 19th January, 2021, stated that final year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Clinical Students in the College of Health Sciences and year four students in the Faculty of Agriculture are to come into residence on 7th February, 2021.
The university further said that all other students are to attend their classes virtually beginning from February 8, 2021 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the community.
The release reads in part: “Consequent upon the directive of the Federal Government that schools should re-open, the Senate of Obafemi Awolowo University at its meeting held today, 19th January, 2021 announced the following resumption time-table for continuation of the 2019/2020 academic session that was suspended in March 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19:
“7th February, 2021 – Final year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Clinical Students in the College of Health Sciences and year four (4) students in the Faculty of Agriculture are to come into residence. All other students are to attend their classes virtually. 8th February, 2021 – Resumption of Lectures.
“In addition, the Senate approved cancellation of 2020/2021 Academic Session.
“Furthermore, in line with the directives of the Federal Government on prevention of community transmission of COVID-19, the Senate was emphatic on the need for both staff and students to strictly adhere to the following COVID-19 protocols:
Regular handwashing with soap and running water; Use of hand sanitizer; Compulsory wearing of face mask; and Social distancing.
“Staff, Students and other members of the University Community must also adhere strictly to the recommendations of the COVID-19 Committee of the University.”