Following the halt in academic activities in Nigeria as a whole due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), we bring you an update on the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Resumption Date 2021.
The management of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) has fixed the resumption date for the completion of 2019/2020 academic session.
ABU Resumption Date 2021
Ahmadu Bello University fixes Monday, 25th January 2021 as the date for reopening of the institution for the resumption of academic activities.
However, this is subject to further directives that may be issued by the Federal and Kaduna State Governments.
At its 501 (Special) Meeting held today (12 January 2021), the Senate of the University has approved the institution’s reopening. The 2019/2020 academic session would be completed based on the adjusted calendar as approved by the Senate.
The decision to reponed the University followed the suspension of ASUU strike and the directive by National University Commission (NUC) based on the advisory/clearance by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 that University could reopen 18th January 2021 under strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.
The reopening of the University would be on a gradually phased basis in the following order:
- All graduating/Final year students
- 100 and 200 levels students
- All clinical medical students
- All postgraduate students to be handled virtually using online ICT supported blended teaching and learning arrangement.
- All other non-graduating classes
- 300 Level in the case of the 4-year degree programme
- 300 and 400 levels in the case of 5-years degree programme
- 300, 400 and 500 levels in the case of 6-years degree programme
It should be noted that all non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 protocols would be strictly observed anywhere on campus, and every student must submit online an undertaking to abide by all the COVID-19 protocols both within and outside the Campus. Students who failed to complete and submit this form online will not be able to their exams card.
Also, the University Management would, within the limit of its resources, support the University Health Service (UHS) with the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and a Holding Bay to ensure safe handling of any suspected cases.
Equally, Management would take all necessary actions to strengthen the university’s security architecture and assure the University community of adequate safety and security.
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COVID-19 Safety Tips for all ABU Students
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
- Stay home as much as possible and avoid non-essential travel.
- Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet — about two arm lengths — away from others if you must go out in public.
- Stay connected with loved ones through video and phone calls, texts, and social media.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and when you must go out in public, such as to a grocery store. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- However, do NOT place cloth face coverings on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- In addition, do NOT use a facemask meant for a health care worker.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- See CDC guidelines, including how to create your own cloth face cover.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth, and throw used tissues in a lined trash can. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow — not your hands. Wash your hands immediately.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Follow CDC guidance.