COVID-19: UI ban visitors from campus

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The University of Ibadan (UI), in Oyo State, has announced a ban on all unauthorised visitors and travellers going into the institution.

The Registrar of the institution, Olubunmi Faluyi, made this known in a statement this weekend.

The UI Registrar stated that the latest development became necessary following the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

This development comes ten days after authorities at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) asked undergraduate students to vacate their hostels and revert to online learning over the same matter.

Faluyi, who enjoined students against accommodating squatters, urged members of the institution to report violators of health safety protocols to appropriate authorities.

The UI Registrar said, “Management has noted the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the recently discovered Delta variant and the placement of some states (including Oyo State) on red alert by the Federal Government.

“The fact that the University of Ibadan Health Services has not recorded any confirmed case of COVID-19 or an increase in flu-related/flu-like symptoms (for this season/time of the year) in the last three months suggests that if we are proactive in observing all health safety protocols, we can effectively prevent and spare the UI community from the third wave/new variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“All hands must be on deck, especially in the Halls of Residence, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Each person must take direct responsibility for his/her health safety.

“The following should be strictly adhered to in halls of residence: No unauthorized visitors. No unscreened travellers/visitors. No squatters.

“Violators of health safety protocols must be promptly reported to appropriate authorities,” the statement read.

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