COVID-19: Our university is safe for reopening, FUNAAB VC faults ASUU claims

By Simdi Gloria:-

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Felix Salako, said the institution is safe for reopening for academic activities, despite the spike in the Coronavirus pandemic.

While addressing journalists on Tuesday, he hinted that the institution had put in place all the stipulated COVID-19 protocols, ahead of the resumption of students on the 18th of January.

He explained that the Senate Committee of the school had ratified that academic activities should be conducted virtually and physically for the students at an exhaustive meeting last week.

A statement credited to the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), FUNAAB branch, Dr Adebayo Oni, said that the school is not prepared for reopening.
The Vice Chancellor who apparently reacted to the statement enumerated various steps taken to far by the management to ensure students and staff safety as regards the pandemic.

Salako noted that since the outbreak of the virus in the country, last year ,the institution had been decontaminated for more than ten times. The students hostels were also fumigated against rats, cockroaches and other reptiles.

Salako said that the university is ready to receive students for both online and physical lectures by ensuring that students adhere to COVID-19 protocols whilst countering ASUU claims.

He added that the management had been producing its own hand sanitisers as well as the procurement of hand-washing basins and soaps needed to keep the students and members of staff safe from contracting the virus.

Newsmen were conducted by the VC on a tour for inspection of completed and rehabilitated buildings that have been equipped with latest technological gadgets to aid virtual teaching and learning insisted that the institution is more than ready to commence academic activities.

Salako added that there are newly constructed and renovated administrative offices and hostels, the school buildings have equipped laboratories, auditoriums, lecture theatres, classrooms with each being 50-seated, 100-seated, 200-seated capacity.
There’s also 150 solar panels had been installed in some of the buildings to provide alternative sources of electricity and aid the planned hybrid system of academic activities.

“The university is ready to receive students both online and physically and we are going to ensure that all the students adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

“One thing that this administration is known for is that we are not just building, we are equipping. We are committed and responsible to ensure that things work in the school despite the threat posed by COVID-19,” the VC affirmed.

He lamented on the students tiredness of staying at home, promising that the management would do everything possible to cover the academic gap caused by the closure of the campus.

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