Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, today distanced itself from a circular allegedly signed by the University’s Registrar, indicating plans to reopen.
It said the Federal Government had yet to reverse the March 2020 closure of schools, and the institution could not reopen until the former is reversed.
Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, in a statement titled, ‘OAU yet to resume,’ said the report of plans to reopen were ”fake and malicious.”
The statement read in part, “The university management wishes to officially inform our students at all levels, their parents and guardians, that the said circular is fake and malicious both in content and context and it should be disregarded in its entirety.
“Obafemi Awolowo University is a Federal Government-owned institution and the instruction to go on recess in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, in the month of March 2020, by the Federal Government has not been reversed.
“Accordingly, we want to use this medium to urge our students to remain calm, and await authentic information from the university management as soon as the Federal Government gives the go-ahead to reopen the University.”