UNILAG Shuts Down Its Hostels After A COVID Outbreak

July 15, 2021

The University authorities released a statement addressing the rise of Covid-19 cases in UNILAG on Tuesday after this tweet was made.

Huh ??? Covid outbreak in Unilag  ??? https://t.co/LbH5Xv3nM7

– Jahmal (@JahmalUsen) July 12. 2021

The statement reads,

Read more here.

School activities were going on as normal, even after several Covid-19 positive students were found in hostels like Kofo, Moremi and Honours Hall. Students have reacted in various ways to this news. Here a few reactions: 

There’s covid in Unilag

Moremi

Kofo

Honors

Stay safe guys

— Komedi Queen (@_tohluh_)  July 12. 2021

The students who tested positive were asked to move out of the hostels to curb the spread of the virus. 

The roommate of my classmate tested positive for covid-19 and Unilag sent them home. That’s all, go home and come back after two weeks.

— Nonso this Nonso that. (@Chukwunonsoffor) July 13. 2021

But some Unilag students had different thoughts on the matter.

Lets finish this semester before they send us home abeg. Last semester was bad enough. 

We are all aware we’re in a pandemic.  Get the vaccine, protect yourselves properly and let’s get this semester done with abeg.

— Omojo? (@allwell_) July 13. 2021

Is like Covid19 just came back again afresh 😭😭😭 and Unilag is just having its fair share of it.

It actually didn’t leave Nigeria 💀.

I don’t want to go home or have to deal with e-learning and at the same time, I don’t want to get infected 😭.

— Girlie O! (@saabi_girl) July 13. 2021

There was also speculation on the silence due to the indemnity form students signed upon admission into the university.

Others have decided to take a lighter tone on the subject:

if you like wear 20 nose masks, so far you are staying in unilag 🗿you don already catch am

— maryam (@maryamamasa) July 13. 2021

unilag students “we outside we outside” now there’s covid everywhere

–chupaco (@hardtolu) July 13. 2021

The vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin. T. Ogundipe had an emergency meeting yesterday at 2 pm to discuss the vacation of halls of residence by students after a Covid outbreak in the university.  

The outcome of the meeting was an immediate closure of hostels to curb the spread of covid-19 on campus. These messages were sent out to the student body; 

“To check the spread of Covid-19 on campus, the University Senate has directed that all students vacate the halls of residence latest by 12.00 noon on Thursday 15 July 2021. No access will be granted to any student after 12.00 noon on 15 July. The hostels will be locked indefinitely therefore students are advised to move all their personal effects at once. Lectures for the rest of the semester will be delivered virtually with effect from 26th July 2021. DSA”

Students can be seen all over campus trying to get home. 

Because of how impromptu the announcement was, and the tedious stress of moving, the university sent out another message earlier today that read; 

“ IMPORTANT NOTICE. EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE TO EVACUATE THE HOSTELS TO 12.00 NOON ON FRIDAY 16 JULY 2021. To ease the burden of transportation the deadline to evacuate the hostels is hereby extended to noon on Friday 16 July 2021. DSA.”

For preventive measures on how to deal with Covid-19, click here

CTA: If you’re a UNILAG student affected by this we’d like to hear from you. Reach out to us by sending a dm on social media or Malakai Bassey

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