The federal government has ordered the closure of all universities in the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The National Universities Commission, NUC in a statement issued to all vice chancellor said the universities should go on break from February 22nd to March 14th for students to partake in the coming general elections.
A circular to that effect was signed by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Dr Chris Mayaki.
NUC noted that the directive was based on the directive of the minister of education, Adamu Adamu.
It reads:“As Vice-Chancellors of all Universities and Director/Chief Executive of Inter-University Centres are quite aware the 2023 General Elections have been scheduled to hold on Saturday 25th February 2023, for the Presidential and National Assembly, and Saturday 1st 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 the our respective institutions, the Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adama damu
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 14th March, 2023.
“Consequently, Vice-Chancellors and chief executives of inter -university centres, are by this Circular requested to shut down their respective Institutions from Wednesday 22nd February 2023 to Tuesday 14th March 2023.
“Please, accept the renewed assurances of the Executive Secretary ‘s highest regurds for your understanding and unwavering cooperation.”