The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has declared its readiness to sanction violators of COVID-19 safety protocols as the school resumed on Monday.
It imposed the compulsory use of facemasks by its staff and students as well as visitors as the institution resumes.
Details of the university’s directives are contained in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Lamara Garba, issued in Kano on Monday.
According to him, the development is part of measures put in place by the institution to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Garba said the management has also provided enough motorised handwashing machines at strategic locations within the institution.
“Already, the Management has provided enough motorised hand washing machines and hand sanitizers at strategic locations within the academic, administrative and hostel areas for use,” the statement read.
“No student will be allowed into lecture hall or any other place within the University without wearing a face mask covering their norse and mouth.
“Lecturers are also required to wear their face-mask, and ensure all students in their classes do the same.
“Staff, students and visitors are required while in the University premises should wear a face mask and remain with it at all times.
“Also, members of the University community and visitors must strictly observe physical distancing as much as possible in academic area and hostels or any other places.
“Wearing of face mask must be done fully not half way, the face-mask must cover nose and mouth, it must not be hanged on one ear, or put under the chin.
“As part of measures to ensure total enforcement and compliance, the Management has employed surveillance mechanisms with setting up of COVID-19 protocol enforcement marshals,” he said.
According to him, anyone caught violating the compliance order will be sanctioned. The spokesman said in order to reduce or eliminate the spread of the virus, members of the university community are advised to reduce handshake, keep social distance of two metres, and wash hands regularly.
He added that as much as possible members of the university community and visitors should stay in an open space, and if they must be in a room, they must ensure that the room is well ventilated.
“We should also ensure vehicles, transporting students, (private or public) are well ventilated with windows open,” he added.