UNN shuts down, postpones matriculation indefinitely over coronavirus


Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN), Prof. Charles Igwe, has ordered students to vacate the campuses on or before March 23.

The vacation order follows the directive issued by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for universities to close for one month in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In a statement released by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Okwun Omeaku, the VC directed that students should vacate the main campus and other campuses, including Enugu campus, at the aforementioned date.

The management urged students to keep learning while they stayed safe at their respective homes.

The statement read: “The Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the Senate has directed the closure of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. This is in compliance with the directive for the closure of universities from March 23, 2020, by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, as part of measures to contain and prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Consequently, the University of Nigeria is hereby closed for one month with effect from March 23, 2020.

“Students are, therefore, to vacate the campuses latest Monday, March 23, 2020. Keep learning while staying safe at home.”

The varsity’s 46th matriculation ceremony scheduled for March 28 has also been postponed indefinitely.

The matriculation ceremony had earlier been postponed from January 25.