Two weeks after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State announced that tertiary institutions across the state will reopen on September 14, 2020, the Lagos State University (LASU), is yet to provide handwashing facilities across its campus, located in the Ojo area of the state, in compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Also, the Federal Government has asked states to start making preparations for full resumption of schools in the country.
It recommended that state governments, ahead of reopening of schools, should “conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, and monitor this level of preparedness.”
Our correspondent observed that there is no provision of handwashing facilities at the faculties of Arts, Science and Law, with the Postgraduate School, lecture halls, rooms and some offices visited also lacking such facilities.
The only handwashing facility sighted were six taps at the institution’s main gate.
Although cleaners were seen sweeping and picking litter, it is unclear if the school has been decontaminated.
A 300 level law student, who pleaded anonymity, said she also had not seen any handwashing facility on the campus.
“I came to school today to see someone and it’s been like years. In all honesty, I haven’t seen any handwashing equipment anywhere on campus today. Though I saw taps at the gate and I was thinking ‘is that what thousands of students would use?” she asked.
Another student in the Faculty of Science said students should be grateful that the school management has been clearing the bushes. He stressed that how serious the government takes the preventive guidelines, could convince students who doubt the existence of the virus.
“At least we are grateful that we will not be resuming lectures in a bushy environment. If government takes the preventive guidelines seriously, students who think the virus doesn’t exist in Nigeria could be serious about keeping safe. I have a friend in another institution. He doesn’t believe that the virus is in Nigeria.
“Someone like him may not fancy washing his hands at the gate, but could use the one in the faculty or lecture hall, if there are facilities there,” he said.
A postgraduate student also stated that, “I’ve not seen any handwashing facility at least in our place here. I have not moved around, but do you believe departments will obey all the safety guidelines?
“In a situation where lecture halls are not big enough to accommodate students for a particular course, so how would social distancing be observed?” she queried.
Lagos State has recorded a total of 18,456 cases with 15,237 recoveries and 204 deaths.