Ojukwu University becomes the first university in Nigeria to reopen amid COVID-19

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University COOU

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Uli, Anambra State is the first Nigerian university to reopen despite the decision of the Federal Government on tertiary institutions to remain closed following the COVID-19 pandemic, The Guardian reports.

Dr. Mrs Ngozi Ezeibe, the Registrar of the University, made the announcement on behalf of University management council stating that the resumption is strictly for first year students of the university and final year students of College of Medicine.

The Registrar said in her statement that the resumption is only for the first year students to prepare for their first semester examination and the final year medicine students to write their mock examination in preparation for their final examination.

Ezeibe urged the year one and final year medicine students to observe all the COVID-19 pandemic regulations, especially the wearing of facemask, social and physical distancing and use of hand sanitisers.

She specified that new and final year medicine students are to be in school from August 20 to September 3. Ezeibe added that students are expected to go home after writing their papers as they are only coming back to the campus to write their first semester examination, while they await the official date of resumption of schools from the Federal Government.

Below is the full statement by the Registrar:


Return of First Year Students for First Semester Examinations


The Management of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University hereby welcomes all first year students back to the University to take the First Semester Examinations for 2019/2020 session.

All first year students are expected to return to the University on Thursday, 13th August, 2020 while Examinations will start on Thursday, 20th August, 2020.

All Final year students of the College of Medicine should return to Awka Campus of the University for their Mock Examinations in preparation for their Final Examinations.

All the returning students should note that observance of NCDC guidelines on COVID-19 preventive measures is mandatory. They should always have their sanitizers and wear their face masks at all times within the University.


Dr. (Mrs) Ngozi E. Ezeibe


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