Academic activities will be resumed throughout Delta state on October 2, 2020, following months of closure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Confirming this inan interview with journalists on Wednesday, the State Commissioner for HigherEducation, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, explained that students will resume inphases in conformity with the new protocols in respect of the COVID-19 outbreakin the country.

TheCommissioner revealed that Federal tertiary institutions areexcluded from adhering to this resumption date.However, he charged the returning students to complywith COVID-19 protocols in line with the directives of the Nigeria Centre forDisease Control.

He said, “Wehave agreed to reopen on October 2nd immediately after the Independence Daycelebration. Each institution is to work out its own programme to fall withinthe time frame given.

“Thisapplies to all tertiary institutions under the Delta State Ministry of HigherEducation. This doesn’t apply to federal institutions. Federal institutions arenot included in this arrangement. They are controlled by the Federal Ministryof Education.”

When asked if all students will be allowed to resume at the same time, the commissioner said, “It is very obvious that resumption will be in phases. The schools will work out their own arrangements but on October 2.


“At the time this lockdown started, they (tertiary institutions) were not all at the same level. Some were in the first semester while others were in the second semester. The school management knows what to do. Our appeal is that students should adhere to the COVID-19 protocols”.

The DeltaGovernment and heads of institutions in the state had earlier agreed to tentativelyreopen schools on September 21.