Owing to the resurgence of COVID-19 in Kwara State, tertiary institutions have been cautioned by the state government not to disregard COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Hajia Saadatu Modibbo Kawu gave this caution at the 12th Convocation of Batholomew College of Health Technology, Shao, Moro Local Government Area.
Hajia Kawu, who was represented by the Director of Health in the ministry, Alhaji Garuba Mohammed, urged the institutions to put precautionary measures in place in their respective schools.
She said the need for strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols by the tertiary institutions becomes necessary because of the large number of students population and the recent spike in the pandemic cases.
The commissioner added: “It is pertinent to note that COVID-19 has been ravaging the World since the beginning of this year.
“All precautionary measures should, therefore, be put in place and the protocols should be observed as laid down by Nigeria Council For Diseases Control. We pray that we shall all be free from the deadly disease.”
Hajia Kawu hailed the proprietor of the college for bridging the gap of health manpower needs in the state.
She cautioned that the government “is not willing to compromise on standards. You should, therefore, ensure that students per course ratio allowed by the regulatory bodies of your programmes is strictly adhered to.”
The Proprietor of the college, Batholomew Owoicho, said he established the institution to complement government’s efforts in producing adequate manpower for the health sector.36