YabaTech shut, students sent parking as director ‘dies of COVID-19 complications’

Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech) has told students to vacate the hostels after the death of the director of its Academic Planning Unit, Dr Michael Omoighe.

Omoighe is said to have died of COVID-19 complications on Sunday.

Also, YabaTech workers in his unit have been advised to self-isolation and submit themselves for COVID-19 test.

Lectures will now hold remotely as students will now receive online classes.

This is according to a statement the Academic Board of the institution. The statement is titled, “Academic Board Decision on Review of Resumption of Academic Activities and Modalities for lectures”.

It reads in part:

“The Academic Board at an emergency meeting held on Tuesday was presented with the report of the Ag. Director, Medical Services on the Director, Academic Planning Unit, Mr M.A.O Omoige who passed on in the early hours of Sunday, January 24, 2021 due to COVID-19 complications.

“For smooth lecturing, lecturers should provide lecture notes to students beforehand and utilise the online period for the explanation of the note. Any meeting of more than ten persons should be held virtually.

“Students should vacate the hostels latest by Thursday, January 28, 2021.

“Management will make arrangement to decontaminate the College in due course. The Academic Planning Unit should be closed down for two weeks; all staff of the unit should go on isolation and carry out COVID-19 test.”

The statement added that the Medical Centre of the College would be closed for two weeks and thereafter disinfected.

The Head of Public Relations in the College, Mr Joe Ejiofor, said, “The college is not closed; what the management did for the preventive measure was to close down the medical centre and department of Academic Planning Unit and it is just for a week, pending when it will be decontaminated.”


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