NUC orders closure of varsities for elections

The National Universities Commission, Nigeria's regulatory body for universities, has ordered the closure of universities across the country to allow students to vote in the 2023 general elections.

The NUC stated in a letter to vice-chancellors of all universities and directors of inter-university centers that the directive was based on the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu's directive.

"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, February 25, 2023, for the Presidential and National Assembly, and Saturday, March 11, 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. Adama 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 February 22 and March 14, 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 Executive Secretary's renewed assurances of his highest regard for your understanding and unwavering cooperation," the NUC letter said.

The public has called for the closure of tertiary institutions so that students can vote in the 2023 elections.

According to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission, over 26 million students are currently registered to vote.

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