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COVID-19: We won’t open Mosques in Unilorin – Muslim Community


The University of Ilorin Muslim Community says the time is not yet ripe for the reopening of its mosque for religious activities.

Prof. Nasir Abdusalam, the Chief Imam of the mosque, said this in a statement on Monday in Ilorin.

The cleric said that the decision was in line with the general consensus of the leadership of the university’s Muslim community.

He said the decision was reached after a careful study of the release from the Kwara State Council of Ulamau authorising the reopening of mosques in the state.

Also, Kwara records 13 new cases of COVID-19, discharges 2 patients.

Abdusalam said that the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic was not showing any sign of abating.


Citing the reality of COVID-19 pandemic infection in the state, the cleric said that the institution’s Muslim community believed that the coast was not yet clear enough.

“The daily statistical figures of patients that tested positive are increasing geometrically in the state,” he said.

Abdusalam also said that after a meeting with religious leaders on June 17, the government team declined to offer free fumigation of religious houses across the state.

“Deductions from the bitter experiences of Saudi Arabia, Korea, Israel, Lagos and Oyo States where they rushed into easing out restrictions but quickly had to reverse the order serve as a lesson.

“There is the need to be cautious and not to be careless with the lives of worshippers.


” A choice must be made between human life and religious demand,” he said.

He said that the University of Ilorin was currently not in full academic session and there were alternatives for the few staff on essential duty, adding that reopening of the mosque remained on hold till further notice.

“This is a painful decision to take but we cannot be careless about our lives.

” Only the living will worship Allah,” he said.



COVID-19: Kwara stretch Palliatives to Unilorin

The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) says about 643 of its workers had benefited from the COVID-19 palliatives being distributed by the Kwara Government.

According to the institution’s bulletin issued on Monday, no fewer than 643 Departmental Staff have received food items donated by the state government as palliatives to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic.

The university said that the food items, which included 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar, were distributed to the workers.

It noted that the Deputy Registrar, General Services, Mrs Maymunat Zakariyya, was charged with the distribution.


It also said that the management of the university headed by Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, had in its letter commiserated with the Kwara Government on the Global COVID-19 pandemic.

Zakariyya noted that the letter requested the state government to kindly extend the distribution of the Federal Government palliatives to its low cadre staff to ease their economic situation in this period of the lockdown.

“The state government responded by presenting 200 bags of 5kg rice, 100 bags of 10kg garri and 50 bags of 5kg sugar to the university administration.


“She added that the university administration, however, identified 643 staff on CONTISS 1 and 2, and departmental staff of the university as the most vulnerable, and the Vice-Chancellor graciously directed that the food items be shared to this category of staff,” it stated.

Zakariyya, however, admonished the beneficiaries to observe the COVID-19 protocols, imploring them to endeavour to stay safe while hoping that the world will soon get out of thd crisis.

According to the bulletin, one of the beneficiaries, Mr Ajadi Suleiman, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the Kwara government and Unilorin management for the support.


Suleiman however advised the beneficiaries to accept whatever they got with joy and happiness.

“What the government has done is a good thing. We should all receive whatever gets to us with joy and happiness as it will do us a lot of good,” he said.



UNILORIN embark on ASUU strike – 1st time in 20 years.

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has embarked on strike action alongside the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), disrupting its calendar for the first time in 20 years.

On Monday, ASUU had commenced a two-week warning strike to compel the federal government to implement its 2019 agreement and resolution with the union.

On Tuesday, Moyosore Ajao, ASUU chairman in UNILORIN, told TheCable Lifestyle that the institution would abide by the union’s directive, in a move that compromises on the stability of its academic calendar.

“What has the FG done to compensate UNILORIN lecturers during those times when we never went on strike? It’s not as if we’re getting anything extra for not joining our colleagues,” he said.

“Government should be held responsible for this. This is March 10 and we’ve not even received our salaries. These are the collateral damages that result when issues come up between ASUU and FG.”

Calls placed to current students of varsity revealed that the institution will be temporarily discontinuing ongoing exams for its 100 and 200 level students over the next two weeks.

In 2019, ASUU had reached an agreement with the federal government to end a protracted strike action among universities — after more than three months of halting academic activities.

But President Mohammadu Buhari would later issue a directive, threatening to stop salaries of its members if they failed to enroll in the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System (IPPIS).