The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho has directed all staff to stay away from work to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic.
In a memo to members of staff signed by the Registrar of the institution, Dr. Kayode A. Ogunleye, the management wrote that the decision was reached after a meeting to review situations surrounding the welfare of workers held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
OYOINSIGHT.COM had earlier reported how the management insisted that staffs must come to work which is a disregard for an executive order issued by the Governor of the State, Engr. Seyi Makinde who is the head of the task force to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state that all schools in the state should be closed till after the Easter holiday.
The memo read, This is to inform the entire University staff that Management met this morning, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, to review situations surrounding workers welfare, especially consequent upon the recent directive of the Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, and hereby directs that all staff of LAUTECH stay away from work effective today, Wednesday, 25 March 2020, until after Easter and further directives from the State Government.
However, the management stated that staff on essential services are not affected by this directive as they are expected to be on duty as usual.
The institution has now joined other tertiary institutions in the state like the University of Ibadan and The Polytechnic, Ibadan that have ordered staff to stay away from work.
The closure of schools is part of measures government at all levels are putting in place to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 15,000 people globally.
At the time of writing this report, the country has a total of 46 confirmed cases including the Chief of staff to the President, Abba Kyari and Mohammad Atiku, a son of former President Atiku Abubakar.
The index case in Oyo the pacesetter state is still only one.