Preparations are on as the Federal University Otuoke gets set to welcome New and Old Students for the 2014/2015 Academic session.
This was disclosed by the Assistant Dean, Student Life who also doubles as Female Hall Warden in the University, Dr. Marcellina Offoha while speaking with FUO Media in her Office.
Dr. Offoha said the University is making efforts to ensure the students are accommodated in the available hostels as they resume, adding that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko has directed for the fumigation of the hostels.
Available accommodations now are, Onuebum Hostel, Beach Hostel, Mama Jonathan Hostel and Otuoke Female Hostel.
The Assistant Dean, Student Life also said the University has put in place measures to ensure that students are screened at resumption to ascertain their health status.
According to her, while Nigeria has been declared Ebola free, the University will not take chances. She said, "we will keep medical personnel at all strategic points of the hostels to ensure proper screening of the students".
Speaking also with the senior Medical Director of the University, Dr. Uchenna Nwachukwu, he said his team is ready to screen the students as they resume for their academic activities.
Dr. Nwachukwu said that the Medical Unit has the equipment needed for the exercise to check Ebola virus and other communicable diseases to keep a healthy environment.
He further stated that enlightenment programme will be carried out after resumption to sensitize students on the Ebola scourge that is now a global issue.
On matters concerning renovation of hostels, the Director of Works Unit, Engr. Bonnie Fred said management has carried out work at the Mama Jonathan hostel in preparation for students return.
He added that efforts are being made to complete the work at the new 250 bed-space NUC female hostel which will go a long way in meeting accommodation needs of old and new students.
The University is expecting about 618 new students and 1,040 old students who will be resuming 25th October through 1st of November 2014 for the new academic session.