Election: NUC directs universities to shut down

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The Federal Government has ordered the closure of all tertiary institutions ahead of the February 25 and March 11 elections.

The National Universities Commission asked universities to shut down between February 22 to March 14.

In a letter addressed to vice-chancellors, the commission said “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 22 February and 14 March, 2023”

Last month, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) asked Mr Buhari to temporarily shut down all tertiary institutions until after the February 25 and March 11 elections. The association stressed that the shutdown would allow students to obtain their PVCs.

“The office of the NANS vice president (external affairs) calls on the federal government of Nigeria to immediately close all tertiary institutions temporarily to afford students the opportunity to collect their PVCs from their local government Areas and vote in the forthcoming elections,” NANS vice-president Akinteye Babatunde had stated.