By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) has fixed Monday, 25th January, 2021 as the date for reopening of the university for resumption of academic activities.
This was contained in a statement signed by Mal. Auwalu Umar, Director Public Affairs Directorate, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and made available to New Nigerian on Tuesday.
The statement however, is subject to further directives that may be issued by the Federal and Kaduna State governments.
According to him, the reopening of the Institution was approved by the Senate of the University at its 501st (Special) Meeting held on January 12, 2021 which informed the 2019/2020 academic session would be completed based on the adjusted calendar as approved by the Senate.
He said the decision to reopen the University followed the suspension of ASUU strike, and the directives by National Universities Commission (NUC) based on the advisory/clearance by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 that Universities could reopen as from 18th January, 2021 under strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.
The Director further said the reopening of the University would be in gradual basis with the First Phase being all graduating/final year students and 100 and 200 levels students.
Similarly, all clinical medical students and all postgraduate students are to be handled virtually using online ICT supported blended teaching and learning arrangements.
In the Second Phase, all other non-graduating classes and 300 level in the case of 4-year degree programme as well as 300 and 400 levels in the case of 5-year degree programme.
For the 300, 400 and 500 levels in the case of 6-year degree programme It should be 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.
The statement warned students who failed to complete and submit this form online will not be able to print their exams card.
Also, 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.
Equally, Management would take all necessary actions to strengthen the security architecture of the university and assure the community of adequate safety and security.