BY OSBERT TOR-NAJIME, MAKURDI – The Benue State University, Makurdi has described as false and fake news, the rumours that top officers of the tertiary institution are infected by coronavirus.
The university had in circular on Monday, June 29, 2020, directed its non-teaching staff to stay at home as from the following day till further notice.
The circular also directed that sensitive offices including the Vice Chancellor’s office, Deputy Vice Chancellor’s offices, the Senate Chamber amongst others be immediately fumigated.
The development raised curiosity and concern amongst the members of the public in Benue State with many raising eyebrows and insinuations that some top management officers of the university were infected by the dreaded COVID-18 pandemic.
But the university in clearing the air, said that the truth of the matter remains that all staff of the University have been staying or working from home since March 20, 2020 when the Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC) directed all universities to close down in response to the COVID-19 challenge.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the institution Mr. Terzungwe Tser Vanger, urged members of the public to disregard the rumour of COVID-19 infection in the ivory tower, saying that it was a false alarm.
According to Vanger; “After almost three months of the closure and when it was imminent that the agitation for the reopening of institutions of Learning might compel the government to direct all institutions to reopen, authorities of Benue State University acted proactively by directing all non-teaching staff to resume work on the 8th of June, in anticipation of directives to reopen.
“However, on Monday, 29 June, the Federal Government came out with guidelines for possible reopening of institutions of Learning, which did not include universities and other institutions of higher learning.
“It was the unveiling of these guidelines and their non-inclusion of universities that informed the decision of Management of Benue State University to issue another internal memo directing all staff on non-essential services to revert to the earlier directive of “work from home” or stay at home as dictated by the COVID-19 protocols.
“The decision is also meant to allow the specialists engaged by the University to fumigate the entire campus with ease,” he explained.