Following security concerns about the forthcoming 2023 General Elections, Minister of Education Adamu Adamu has reportedly directed the National Universities Commission (NUC) to order the closure of universities and related centres across the country.
Consequently, academic activities at those institutions will be suspended between February 22 and March 14, 2023.
The closure is to enable students to participate in the 2023 General Elections, according to a letter addressed to Vice-Chancellors of all universities and Directors of Inter-University Centres.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the letter was signed by the NUC Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration), Christopher Maiyaki.
Maiyaki said: “As Vice-Chancellors of all universities and Directors/Chief Executives of Inter-University Centres are quite aware, the 2023 General Elections have been scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 25, 2023, for the Presidential and National Assembly, and Saturday, March 11, 2023, for Gubernatorial and State Assemblies, respectively.
“In view of the foregoing and concerns expressed on the security of staffers, students and properties of our respective institutions, the Minister of Education, has, following extensive consultations with the relevant security agencies, directed that all universities and Inter-University Centres be shut down.
” And also, academic activities will be suspended between February 22 and March 14, 2023.”
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