ABU Zaria announces resumption date

Professor Kabir Bala, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Vice-Chancellor
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The management of Ahmadu Bello University has fixed Monday, 25th January, 2021 as the official date for the reopening of the institution for a resumption of academic activities.

This is, however, subject to further directives that may be issued by the Federal and Kaduna State Governments.

The reopening of the Institution was approved by the Senate of the University at its 501″ (Special) Meeting held Tuesday, 12th January, 2021.

It noted that the 2019/2020 academic session would be completed based on the adjusted calendar as approved by the Senate.

The decision to reopen the University followed the suspension of ASUU strike, and the directive by National Universities Commission (NUC) based on the advisory clearance by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 that Universities could reopen as from 18 January, 2021 under strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.

The reopening of the University would be on gradual phased basis.

In the first phase are all graduating/final year students, 100 and 200 levels students, all clinical medical students, and all postgraduate students to be handled virtually using online ICT supported blended teaching and learning arrangement.

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For the second phase are all other non-graduating classes.

This implies 300 level in the case of 4-year degree programme, 300 and 400 levels in the case of 5-year degree programmes and 300, 400 and 500 levels in the case of 6-year degree programme.

Undertaken on COVID-19 protocol

The university noted that all non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 protocols would be strictly observed anywhere on campus and every student must submit online an undertaking to abide by all the COVID-19 protocols both within and outside the Campus.

Students who failed to complete and submit this form online will not be able to print their exams card.

In addition, the University Management would, within the limit of its resources, support the University Health Service (UHS) with the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a Holding Bay to ensure safe handling of any suspected cases.

The ABU management also promised to take all necessary actions to strengthen the security architecture of the University and assured the University community of adequate safety and security.

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