- “After getting the report, which I don’t like to discuss with you, we decided that the hostels should be shut down.”
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has announced the indefinite closure of student hostels over the reported cases of COVID-19 in the institution.
It was gathered that the latest development was reached at an emergency senate meeting held on Wednesday at the J. F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that UNILAG management also approved that lectures for the rest of the semester should be delivered virtually with effect from July 26, 2021.
UNILAG further directed the students to vacate the halls of residence latest by 12.00 noon on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
As gathered by EKO HOT BLOG, the development was confirmed by a member of the university’s senate.
“After getting the report, which I don’t like to discuss with you, we decided that the hostels should be shut down,” the source disclosed.
When asked about the discovery of the COVID-19 Delta variant on the UNILAG campus, the source said, “No further comment.”
However, a statement released by the UNILAG Information Unit has stated that students who contracted the virus recently have been sent to health facilities while contact tracing was in progress.
The statement read, “The University of Lagos commenced physical classes at the end of May 2021 when the positivity rate of the COVID-19 infection dropped to about one percent.
“The University Management continued to enforce the COVID-19 protocols in all the teaching and learning spaces as well as the student halls of residence.
“In addition, the COVID-19 vaccination was made available to the staff and students through the support of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council. Lately, some students have tested positive. These students have been sent to the appropriate designated facilities in the state and contact-tracing has enabled us to identify those who have had exposure and directed them to isolate.”
“The situation is, indeed, worrisome especially noting the reluctance of the majority of students to comply with the COVID-19 prevention protocols.
“To avoid the escalation of cases on campus, the University Senate at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, 14th of July 2021 approved that all students vacate the halls of residence by 12.00pm on Thursday indefinitely. Lectures for the rest of the semester will continue to be delivered virtually with effect from 26th July 2021,” UNILAG management stated.
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