COVID-19: UNN postpones cultural carnival indefinitely


THE University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has postponed its proposed cultural carnival indefinitely, following the Federal Government shutdown of tertiary institutions to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Prof. Florence Orabueze, Director of Institute of African Studies (IAS), dropped the hint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Nsukka.

Orabueze stated that the carnival, organised by the Institute, in collaboration with UNN Business School Enugu, would no longer hold as proposed.

She said that the two-day event, earlier scheduled for March 27 and March 28, had been postponed indefinitely as a result of the shutdown of schools in the country to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We shall communicate to staff, students and guests of new dates when school is reopened.

“The Institute regrets inconveniences this postponement will cause our esteemed guests and the general public.

“The aim of the cultural festival is to promote indigenous culture, language, and traditions,” she said.

Orabueze, however, commended the government’s proactive step in shutting down schools in the country as part of measures to enable the government to control the spread of the disease.

“What government did is a right step in the right direction, as life must be secured first before any other thing.

“Nigerians should give government maximum support in this fight against COVID-19 pandemic, that has killed thousands of people in many countries of the world,” she said. (NAN)

– Mar. 24, 2020 @ 16:25 GMT |

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