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UNIBEN announces Feb 1 resumption date, charges students on COVID-19 protocols

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By Peterson Ibi/Benin

As the University of Benin (UNIBEN), prepares to open its gates for the resumption of academic activities, authorities of the institution have warned that the Covid-19 protocols will be strictly enforced by the University.

The University, in a statement on Tuesday by its Public Relations Officer, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, noted that the management of the University has approved resumption for the 2019/2020 Academic Session, effective 1st February, 2021.

The statement further advised the students to come with at least five washable face masks and hand sanitisers.

“Students are expected to come into halls of residence on 1st February, while lectures – physical and on-line – commence immediately.

“Students are to note that only those who have official UNIBEN receipts of payment of school charges in all the sessions pertaining to them and have successfully filled, submitted and printed out the on-line questionnaire required of them will be allowed into the halls of residence and lecture theatres.

“Furthermore, students residing in the school hostels are expected to have, at least, five washable face masks and two 5mls vials of hand sanitizers each, while the generality of staff and students are to constantly wear their facemasks as the Covid-19 protocols will be strictly enforced by the University.

“The Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, on behalf of management, looks forward to welcoming all students to campus for a most fulfilling academic session,” the statement noted.

Ahead of the February 1 resumption date for students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), the management of the institution has set up a Volunteer Surveillance Club, to check occurrence and spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), in the school.
The Surveillance Club comprises of a Chief Marshal, 16 Marshals and over 140 other members.
They are to serve in the Ekenhuan and Ugbowo campuses of the University.
Speaking at a virtual orientation programme for the first batch of volunteers, the UNIBEN’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, explained that the initiative is borne out of the need to monitor and prevent the occurrence and spread of Covid-19 among staff and students.
The Vice Chancellor charged the volunteers to subtly but firmly enforce the regulations, rather than resort to the use of force, stressing that civility should be their watchword.
She however urged all staff and students of the University to make the tasks of the volunteers seamless.
In a presentation on the modus operandi of the club, the Chief Marshal, Professor Ezekiel Ugiagbe (of the School of Medicine), informed that members are grouped according to the faculties where they are expected to check and correct those who contravene the non pharmaceutical safety protocols.
Ugiagbe also harped on the dangers of the pandemic and the need for volunteers to lead by example and to ensure among others, proper use of facemasks and compliance with the 50 percent passenger-carrying capacity by taxes cabs and buses within the campuses.
The Chief Marshal explained areas that were hitherto not clear to participants, during a question and answer session.
Principal officers of the University and about 120 volunteers keyed joined the virtual orientation.