Delta State Government has confirmed that academic activities will return to tertiary institutions across the state on October 2 , 2020 , following months of closure to contain the spread of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
Disclosing this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday , the State Commissioner for Higher Education , Prof. Patrick Muoboghare , explained that students will resume in phases in conformity with the new protocols in respect of the COVID -19 outbreak in the country .
The Commissioner hinted that the resumption date does not apply to Federal tertiary institutions in the state .
But he charged the returning students to comply with COVID -19 protocols in line with the directives of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control .He said, “ We have agreed to reopen on October 2 nd immediately after the Independence Day celebration . Each institution is to work out its own programme to fall within the time frame given .
“ This applies to all tertiary institutions under the Delta State Ministry of Higher Education . This doesn ’ t apply to federal institutions . Federal institutions are not included in this arrangement. They are controlled by the Federal Ministry of Education . When asked if all students will be allowed to resume at the same time , the commissioner said, “ It is very obvious that resumption will be in phases. The schools will work out their own arrangements but within October 2 .
“ At the time this lockdown started , they ( tertiary institutions ) were not all at the same level . Some were in first semester while others were in second semester. The school management knows what to do. Our appeal is that students should adhere to the COVID – 19 protocols ” .
The Delta Government and heads of institutions in the state had earlier agreed to tentatively reopen schools on September 21 .
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