August 8 School resumption date stands but … — UNIBEN

Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, Edo state, has insisted that the proposed August 8, 2021 resumption date for the 2020/2021 Academic Session remains intact.

The University, however, said that the date was tentative and subject to change depending on many factors such as the surge in third wave of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria and readiness of the institution’s second semester results for the just concluded 2019/2020 Academic Session.

This was disclosed by the University’s Electoral Commission, ELECO, which was set up by the University Management last session to oversee the conduct of the Students’ Union elections.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST on Sunday, in Benin City, the Commission said the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lilian Salami made the disclosures when she received members of the ELECO in her office on Friday.

There have been concerns that school resumption might be put on hold following the rising cases of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria even though the federal government was yet to make any pronouncement.

But the institution explained that, while the matter was debatable and subject to change, the date for resumption remains August 8 and that lecturers were working assiduously to make the tentative date possible.

On the welfare of students, the ELECO said the Vice Chancellor assured that there will be no favoritism in hostel space allocation as it would be strictly on the basis of first-come-first-serve. “School fees payment is a mandatory prerequisite for hostel space procurement,” she was quoted as saying.

The Vice Chancellor appreciated the students for bearing with the academic stress of the shortest session in the University caused by coronavirus, while assuring that lecturers were working hard to upload results for the concluded session on students’ portal before August 8.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the University Management says efforts were being made to create more hostels for students of the institution, to address shortage of bed spaces and accommodation.

Management also assured that arrangements have been made with the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to fix speed bumps on the ever-busy Benin — Lagos expressway across the University main gate to ease movement of students.

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