Babcock University charges students N25,000 for COVID-19 test

Babcock University charging students N25,000 for COVID-19 test ahead of her 2020/2021 academic session
Ernest Sunday

Babcock University Ilishan-Remo in Ogun state is charging her students the sum of N25,000 per coronavirus test ahead of her 2020/2021 academic session.

The N25,000 charge by the University was disclosed by the Director of Marketing and Communication, Dr Joshua Suleiman, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, in an interview with reporters.

According to Suleiman, Babcock university said that it could not afford to risk the lives of its students, and that is why it is demanding for the test.

Suleiman added that the school had initially asked students to do the test outside of the school and present the test result on their return to school but later changed its mind after it concluded that some students might present fake test results to the school.

"Babcock University returning students are expected to be screened for COVID-19 on arrival at the subsidised cost of N25,000 at the BUTH, "Suleiman said.

“They will do it at BUTH so that we can vouch for the authenticity of the result. We want to avoid a situation where some people may bring in fake COVID-19 test results. We don’t want to risk the life of any of our students or staff.

"They are also to resume with their safety kits, including an infrared thermometer (for those that can afford them), a pack of disposable face masks or three reusable ones as well as hand sanitisers."

Speaking on the strategies the university mapped for the resumption of school, Suleiman said, "The institution will resume in two batches first to resume are the final year students in 400 500 and 600 levels next Monday and others on October 25."

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