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How we have prepared for resumption, by FUNAAB VC

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The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof. Kolawole Salako, has explained how the university got ready for resumption of academic sessions despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 preventive protocols and measures have been put in place, including the fumigation of the campus for no fewer than 10 times, since March, 2020. Since 2020 too, the university had been producing its own hand sanitizers, liquid soup and has procured hand-washing basins to keep the students and members of staff safe from contracting the virus.

Some newly completed and rehabilitated buildings have been equipped with latest technological gadgets to aid virtual teaching and learning, and the buildings also have equipped laboratories, auditoriums, lecture theaters, classrooms with 50-seater, 100-seater, 200-seater capacity categories, as well as newly constructed and renovated administrative offices and hostels.

About 150 solar panels have been installed in some of the buildings to provide alternative sources of electricity and aid the planned hybrid system of academic activities.
Prof. Salako said: “The university is ready to receive students both online and physically, and we are going to ensure that all the students adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

“One thing that this administration is known for is that we are not just building, we are equipping. We are committed and responsible to ensuring that things work in the school despite the threat posed by COVID-19.”

Earlier, ASUU chairman, Dr. Adebayo Oni, had claimed that the university was not ready for resumption of academic activities due to poor preparation.

At a news conference, Prof. Salako said there was much to it than meet the eyes, dismissing it as a politically-motivated statement intended to satisfy selfish curiosity. The university’s comments came as the leadership of the students’ union passed a vote of confidence on the administrators and the readiness of the university to resume virtually and physically.

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