All undergraduate and the post-graduate students of the University of Ibadan have been barred from accessing their various hostels.
The university management in a statement confirmed to newsmen on Thursday, February 4 by its Director of Public Communication, Mr Olatunji Oladejo, revealed that the decision was to adhere strictly with COVID-19 protocols.
Naija News understands that the decision was coming following the emergence of the new variant of the dreaded coronavirus disease. According to Mr Oladejo, while briefing the newsmen, no student would be accommodated on campus henceforth, adding that the 2020/2021 first semester lectures will be delivered online.
New students are also informed that the opening of the registration portal and the orientation programme for 2020/2021 session will commence on or before Saturday, 20 February 2021.
The statement reads: “Management has noted the information trending on the social media indicating that the University has published allocation of students into their respective Halls of Residence and students are expected to make payments.
“The University hereby wishes to inform the new students and the general public to disregard the information as STUDENT REGISTRATION PORTAL HAS NOT BEEN OPENED. Kindly beware!
“Management wishes to restate as contained in the University’s Official Bulletin No. 4353 of 14 January 2021 entitled APPROVED REVISED ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2018/2019 as follows:
“In approving the Calendar, Senate noted the prevailing circumstances occasioned by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to comply with the protocols established for the control of the spread of the pandemic. It, therefore, agreed that 2020/2021 First Semester Lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, ‘NO STUDENT WILL BE ACCOMMODATED ON CAMPUS.”
“New students are to please note that the opening of the registration portal and the orientation programme for 2020/2021 session will commence on or before Saturday, 20 February 2021.
“Details of Registration Procedure/Guideline will be available on the University website www.ui.edu.ng soon,” the statement added.
Though the cause of the inferno is yet to be ascertained, the fire reportedly started from the roof-top of the hostel, Naija News reports.