‘All-CLEAR’ given for the Turkeyen campus after bomb threat

6th February, 2019 0 comments

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 the University of Guyana Turkeyen Campus was evacuated due to an anonymous call that was received at the Alberttown Police Station, Georgetown at 12:40 that a bomb was planted on the campus. The campus was evacuated as a precaution and a search of the premises was conducted by Officers of the Police Force and Fire Service.

All classes for the rest of the day were cancelled and staff were sent home.

According to Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, “the action was deemed necessary as a precaution, and out of safety concerns for the students and staff members who would use the facility during this time." 

Police Officers and ranks from the Fire Service completed a search of buildings and surrounding areas; the search revealed no explosives of any kind nor were any suspicious packages or items located during the search. Following the thorough sweep of the campus the ‘all-clear’ was given, as a result, full operations (classes and work) will resume on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. 

Anyone with information regarding the bomb threat is encouraged to contact the University Safety and Security Officer on 623-9979 or the nearest police station. This includes sightings of packages, vehicles or any situations which seemed suspicious. 

The University Administration is appreciative of the full cooperation received from students, faculty and staff during the search exercise and thank the Officers from the Police Force and Fire Service for their prompt response and the high level of professionalism displayed during the sweep of the campus.

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With a current enrollment of some 8,000 students, The University of Guyana (UG) has graduated more than 20,000 students who have gone on to successful careers locally, regionally and internationally. The University is also a major contributor to the national economy and to business and industry. Established in 1963 on a part-time basis with shared space at Queens College, UG moved to its own campus at Turkeyen in 1970 and expanded in 2000 with the addition of the Tain Campus. It now offers more 116 under-graduate and post-graduate Programmes including the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Urban Planning and Management, Tourism Studies, Education, Creative Arts, Economics, Law, Medicine, Business, Optometry and Nursing. Several online programmes are available and The UG also offers extra-mural classes at four locations through its Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE). The UG also offers the opportunity for student engagement in debating, sports, and cultural, religious and professional activities.

Public Relations Division

February 5, 2019


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