UNIBEN Announces Resumption Date, Makes Facemasks Compulsory

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The of Benin has announced a resumption date for students.

The school has asked students to return to campus on the 1st of February.

Schools across the country were shut down for months owing to the coupled with the recently suspended nine-month old ASUU strike which disrupted academic activities.

Although UNIBEN had earlier announced January 30 as resumption date, the Edo government halted the process owing to COVID-19 scare despite the federal government earlier giving the nod for schools to reopen January 18.

In another statement made available on Tuesday, however, the UNIBEN management announced February 1 as the resumption date for the 2019/2020 academic session.

Endorsed by the spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire, the statement directed students to come into the halls of residence on February 1, as lectures, both physical and , will commence immediately.

Dr. Ehanire said only students with receipts of payment of school charges, who have successfully filled, submitted and printed a mandatory on-line questionnaire would be allowed into halls of residence and lecture theatres.

She added that students residing in the school hostels are expected to bring along, at least, five pieces of washable face mask and two 5mls vials of hand sanitisers each.

The spokesperson said staff members and students are to constantly wear face masks, as the COVID-19 protocols would be strictly enforced by the .

“The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Lilian Salami, on behalf of management, looks forward to welcoming all students to campus for a more fulfilling academic session,” Ehanire added.

Meanwhile, the University management insists that the earlier announced Academic Calendar remains unchanged as on-line and physical classes will fully commence immediately.

The 2019/2020 academic session first semester is expected to run February 1 until the 1st of April, 2021, while semester is billed to commence on April 5, 2021.

UNIBEN the leadership of Prof. Lilian Salami as vice chancellor it is committed to ensuring the provision of education to students “without compromising on our collective .”