The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered vice chancellors of Nigerian universities to suspend classes for the approaching 2023 elections. The Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) for the Executive Secretary, Dr. Chris J. Maiyaki, wrote a letter dated February 3rd that was addressed to all Vice Chancellors.
The statement claims that the choice was made in response to worries about staff, student, and university property security during the general elections slated for February 25 to March 14. According to the Commission, Mallam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, issued the decision after consulting with the appropriate security authorities.
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The circular reads: ” As vice chancellors of all universities and Directors chief Executive of later university centres are quite aware 2023. General Elections have been scheduled to hold on Saturday, 25th February 2023, for the Presidential and National Assembly, and Saturday, 11th March 2023 for Gubernational 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 centers, 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 regards for your understanding and unwavering cooperation.”
THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES COMMISSION
The National Universities Commission (NUC) is a government agency responsible for advancing high-quality higher education in Nigeria. It is located in Abuja and was started in 1962 as a cabinet office advisory organization.
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Professor Jibril Aminu served as the organization’s first executive secretary when it was established as a statutory entity in 1974. NUC is now a parastatal and is a component of the Federal Ministry of Education (government-owned corporation).