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NUC Directs All Universities To Shut Down To Enable Students Participate In Conducts Of General Elections

The Nigerian Universities Commission NUC has directed Nigerian universities to be shut down between February 22 and March 14, 2023

In a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of all universities and directors of inter-university centers, the NUC noted that the directive was based on the directive of the minister of education, Adamu Adamu. “As Vice-Chancellors of all Universities and Director/Chief Executive of Inter-University Centers 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.

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Recall that the presidential and National Assembly Elections are scheduled for February 25 while the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections are to hold on March 11

“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 has following extensive consultations with the relevant security agencies, directed that all Universities and Inter-University Centers be shut down and academic activities be suspended between 22-* February and 14th March, 2023.

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“Consequently, Vice-Chancellors and 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 letter from the NUC read.

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It was reported that there have been calls from the public for closure of tertiary institutions to enable students to vote during the 2023 elections. The data from the Independent National Electoral Commission reveals that over 26 million students are currently registered in it’s register.

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