By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
Following announcement of resumption date for higher institutions of learning by the Federal and state governments, the management of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State has kick-started the fumigation of all its facilities before the resumption date.
The fumigation exercise became necessary to prevent students and staff of the institution from contracting the dreadful corona virus(COVID-19) still ravaging the world.
The Rector of the institution, Mr. Gani Ogundahunsi, emphasised that despite the drastic reduction in the number of infected persons in the country, it’s imperative that the management takes a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the pandemic among residents of the polytechnic community.
He said in response to the directive of the state government that all schools in the state including tertiary institutions, should reopen on October 19, 2020, the lecture rooms, theatres, laboratories, library, halls of residence, markets and other facilities that would play hosts to students and members of staff had to be disinfected before the resumption date.
Mr. Ogundahunsi disclosed that fumigation would be done regularly with a view to keeping away from the campus pests and rodents that could cause diseases outbreak.
Appreciating the donor of the disinfectants(Hon. Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi-West and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu) for their gestures, the Rector revealed that the institution had put in place a machinery to continually sensitise students and members of staff of the polytechnic on the importance of keeping a clean environment for their well-being.
Mr. Samuel Ojo, the institution’s Director of Public Relations and Protocol, explained that “the government has ordered that all schools in the state should reopen tomorrow(Monday) October 19, 2020.
“Knowing fully well of this, the management has carefully set up a committee to enlighten students on all necessary protocols that must be observed and adhered to. That is the more reason why we are fumigating our campus environment because we want our students to resume into a safe environment without fear of contracting the dreadful virus.
“Apart from this, they (students) should ensure they wear their nose masks as well as maintaining social distancing. So, we have fully prepared to curb COVID-19 pandemic on our campus in line with the directive given to us.”
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