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University Of Abuja Enforces “No Face Mask No Entry” Policy On Students, Staff

Prof. Abdulrasheed Naallah

The Management of University of Abuja has begun the enforcement of “no face mask no entry” policy to both the staff and students in a bid to ensure that the University community is free of coronavirus.

A statement today, July 30, by the Institution’s spokesman, Dr. Habib Yakoob, said that the Management has directed the vigorous enforcement of its “No Mask No Entry” order and regular washing of hands.

The statement said that henceforth, no staff, student or visitor would be allowed into the campuses if they fail to comply with the directive.

Dr. Habib announced that over two thousand face masks and hand sanitizers have so far been distributed to the staff through the University of Abuja coronavirus Committee.

The statement named the beneficiaries of the items to include staff in Registry, Bursary, Student Affairs, Physical Planning and Development and all the Faculties of the University.

It said that the Vice- Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allahhad had in April 2020, set up the committee to ensure, among other responsibilities, that the University is free of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chairman of the Committee, Professor Abubakar Jamda, was quoted as having said that since coronavirus remained active and spreading, it is necessary to continue to encourage staff to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“The Management of the University headed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allahis determined to ensure that we do whatever we can to reduce the spread of this disease into the University community.

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“So far we are grateful to God that we have been alive to our responsibility in keeping the University safe from COVID -19. However, to make it easy for our staff to adhere to the guidelines for protection against COVID-19, we have to keep encouraging and supporting them.  That’s why the University is making these items available, so that you don’t say you don’t have a face mask that’s why you are not using one, or that you do not have a hand sanitizer that’s why you leave your hands unwashed.”

Jamda said that aside from distributing coronavirus prevention materials, his Committee had also been involved in risk communication and community engagement, adding that “because we believe that once people are fully aware of the danger this disease poses to them and their loved ones, they will take necessary precaution.”

He added that the University is taking all these measures in preparation for full resumption of academic activities whenever the federal government considered universities safe for reopening.