After eight months of hiatus in the academic activities due to the coronavirus pandemic, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko, (AAUA) Ondo State is set for resumption amidst COVID-19.
It is worth recalling that Nigeria recorded her first case of COVID-19 on the 27th of February 2020, when an Italian citizen tested positive to the virus in Lagos. After several cases in major states in Nigeria, the Federal Government (FG) on 27 March ordered the indefinite suspension of social and religious gatherings and the closure of schools.
The Ondo State Government has given directives to schools in the state to resume academic activities on Monday, November 2nd 2020 in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines to prevent the further spread of the virus.
With the Federal and State Government directives to ensure COVID-19 protocols, the management of AAUA took it as a point of duty to put up a hand washing stand signboard at the school entrance courtesy of the Committee on Post COVID-19 Free University Community (CPCFUC), AAUA.
In ensuring that COVID-19 protocols are observed on campus upon resumption, the management warned that students would not be allowed access into the university without using a facemask to curb the further spread of the virus.
Speaking with students during a media chat monitored by an AAUA Insider correspondent, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Gbore, stated that students should start their revision as from now as school will resume any time from now. He also believed that resumption is still possible this year by God’s grace.
When asked about the management preparations towards examination if the students will receive extra weeks for revision, Prof Francis hinted, “Your revision starts now, if at all you resume there is probably going to be a week for revision”. This statement grips the students of AAUA has some already grumbled about how their brain have been ineffective during the Covid-19 pandemic break.
The DVC also added that the ID card for 2019/2020 academic session is ready and would be distributed in no time once the school resumes. In response to this, some students asked if there would be a policy on no school fees, no examination and in reaction, the DVC on academics said the management will look into it.
As the Students prepare for resumption and their examination, lot of issues need to be resolved like the student-landlord issues. In reaction to this, Prof Francis stated that the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Owolewa is already looking into the matter and promise for a resolution as soon as possible.
As the school prepares for resumption amidst COVID-19, the management expects the entirety of students to be of their best behaviour and adhere to COVID-19 preventive measure as they empathize that no student would be allowed into the school premises without a facemask.
Keep your fingers crossed, as we keep abreast of the news on resumption.
Agbelusi Samuel is a campus journalist, writer, red carpet host, political and sport analyst. A political science student that covers news and politics beats for AAUA INSIDER.