Governor Makinde reopens all tertiary institutions in Oyo state

Oyo state government has instructed all tertiary institutions in the state to reopen for usual academic activities from Monday, September 28. Governor Seyi Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday, September 15, in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, with the order coming despite the presence of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Conveying Makinde’s directive, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, commissioner for education, science, and technology, announced that necessary Covid-19 guidelines must be put in place for safe reopening. He also tasked academic boards and the Senate of the tertiary institutions to fix their specific resumption date from September 28 onwards.

Oyo state government has reopened all tertiary institutions.

In the same vein, primary and secondary students have been directed to resume classes on Monday, September 21, and adhere to the morning and afternoon shifts format. For students in secondary schools, students in classes JSS1 to JSS3 will resume for morning shift from 8 am to 11am. However, their counterparts in SSS1, SSS2 and SSS3 will resume afternoon shift from the hours of 12 noon and 3pm. Meanwhile, schools in Anambra state have resumed back to class, sending a sigh of relief to parents, teachers, and stakeholders. “The students were visibly happy that schools resumed for studies because they were excited at the development,” a teacher in one of the state-owned schools said, adding that all protocols are being observed.

ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a Town and Gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state. The meeting, which was also attended by parents, students union leaders and alumni of universities in the country, saw conversation lengthened down to the reopening of the universities.

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