The management of Bayero University Kano (BUK) has suspended lectures for one month and asked students to vacate hostels in compliance with the directives of the federal government.
The Federal Government had granted approval for the closure of all schools, including tertiary institutions, for a period of one month effective from Monday, 23rd March, 2020 in its effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
In a statement issued on Friday by the Secretary for Information and Publication, Lamara Garba, the Management of BUK said the decision to suspend activities was necessitated by its consideration for the health and well being of its students and staff.
The statement reads: “Following a circular from the Federal Ministry of Education through the National Universities Commission (NUC), aimed at containing and preventing the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, to which the Federal Government granted approval for the closure of all schools (including tertiary institutions) for a period of one month effective from Monday, 23rd March, 2020, the Management of Bayero University, Kano considers the health and well being of its students and staff to be of utmost importance.
“Therefore, in line with the above directives and in the overall interest of the well-being of members of the University Community, it is hereby directed that all students who are on break as a result of ASUU warning strike are requested NOT to return to the University.
“Consequently, those in Campus should VACATE the hostels and return to their respective homes.
“While staff members are expected to continue with their normal duties, they are however, strongly advised to abide by the safety guidelines and advice including on social distancing as issued by professionals. They should do whatever it takes to protect themselves and others.”
Nigeria now has 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus as at Thursday. As a result, most states in the country have ordered a complete shut down of schools and worship centres to prevent the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, authorities have announced that the first case of coronavirus in the country, an Italian, has now tested negative after about two weeks in isolation.