The Federal University Birnin Kebbi, FUBK, has fixed Monday, January 18, 2021 as the date for resumption of academic activities in the institution.
A statement signed by the varsity’s Public Relations Officer, Jamilu Magaji said this was sequel to the approval for reopening by the Senate of the University at its 22nd (special) meeting held on Thursday.
According to the statement, the adjusted Academic Calendar, completion of First Semester Lectures (Revision) takes place in Two Weeks from Monday, January 18 to Saturday, January 30, 2021.
In the same vein, the First Semester examination commences Monday, February 1 for the 2019/2020 Academic Session.
The statement added that the University would begin its 2020/2021 Academic Session on Monday, September 13, subject to a further directive that may be issued by the Federal Government.
The statement said: “The decision to reopen the University followed the suspension of strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the directive by National Universities Commission (NUC).
“This is in line with the clearance by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 that Universities could reopen as from Monday, January 18, 2021, under strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
“It should be noted that the University recently fumigated all Class Rooms, Lecture Theatres, Offices, Hostels and other structures for safety and safe reopening of the institution.
“Consequently, all COVID-19 safety protocols would be strictly adhered to on campus such as social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing of face masks, etc.”
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. BB Shehu, while addressing newsmen shortly after the Senate meeting stressed that the University Management would enforce a no-face-mask, no-entry order.
This, he said, would mean that no member of the University community (staff and students) and the public would be allowed access to the University without wearing a face mask.
The Management also promised to support the University Health Services Department with Personal Protective Equipment to ensure safe handling of suspected cases.
The Management, therefore, calls on the University community to support the policy by observing personal hygiene and adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols within and outside the institution.