The Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife has been shut down until further notice in a bid to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus disease to the institution.
The closure of the institution was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, on Friday.
Mr Olarewaju said the closure was in compliance with directives from the Federal Government.
“All students of the university have been directed to proceed on a break and those in the university’s halls of residence have been asked to vacate their hostels and go home. Accordingly, students are expected to be leaving their hostels and the campus beginning from Monday, March 23, 2020, latest by 5:00 pm.’’ the statement read in part.
The Federal Ministry of Education had earlier on Thursday ordered the immediate closure of tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools nationwide following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country and as part of measures to contain the spread.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono who gave the order on behalf of the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, mandated all 104 Unity Schools in the country to be shut down on or before the 26th of March 2020 as preventive measures against the deadly virus.