By Oluwakemi Ishola
The management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan
has held a crucial meeting with stakeholders and landlords in the school area ahead of academic resumption.
The meeting, which sought and secured the support of the landlords on issues of security and COVID-19 pandemic, was held at the North Campus Assembly Hall of the institution on Tuesday
Rector of the institution, Prof. Kazeem Adebiyi, while addressing representatives of communities’ landlord associations noted that the infectious nature of the coronavirus pandemic had made it mandatory for the communities to also put in place safety measures to protect themselves and their tenants, which include the returning students.
He disclosed that a 15-man task force Committee on COVID-19 had been constituted by the management as part of preparations for the reopening of the institution.
“The 15-member committee headed by the polytechnic’s Director of Medical Services is saddled with the responsibility of preventing and curtailing the spread of the virus” he said.
The rector noted that the committee has among its eight-point term of reference: the prescription of minimum health and safety threshold required for resumption of academic activities, to identify and monitor specific areas of the institution that may be prone to the pandemic and come up with recommendations on how to handle such situation.
The stakeholders and landlords promised to persuade all neighbouring communities to fumigate their houses, especially the houses where students staying off-campus reside. They also pledged to cooperate with the management on issues of security and forward complaints to the Students’ Affairs Office for necessary action.
In attendance at the meeting were landlords from Sango, Alemuloke, Iso pako, Ijokodo, Agbaje, Apete, Awotan, Patako, Ariyibi, Arola, Olomo, among others.