The Federal Government has issued a directive to close all universities across the country in preparation for the 2023 elections. In a letter, the National Universities Commission (NUC) informed vice-chancellors and directors of inter-university centers of the decision.
According to Chris Maiyaki, the NUC’s deputy executive secretary (administration), the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, ordered the closure of universities. According to Maiyaki, all universities in the country will be closed from February 22 to March 14 to allow students to vote in the upcoming general election.
“As vice-chancellors of all universities and directors/ Chief Executive of inter university centres are quite aware, the 2023 General Elections have been scheduled to hold on Saturday 25 February 2023, for the Presidential and National Assembly, and Saturday 11 March 2023 for Gubernatorial and State Assembly, respectively.
In view of the foregoing and concerns expressed on the security of staff, students and properties of our respective institutions, the Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu has, following extensive consultations with the relevant security agencies, directed that all Universities and Inter-University Centres be shut down and academic activities be suspended between 22nd February and 14th March, 2023.
Consequently, Vice-Chancellors, as well as Directors/Chief Executives of inter-university centres, are by this Circular requested to shut down their respective Institutions from Wednesday 22 February 2023 to Tuesday 14 March 2023,” the statement reads.
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