The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered the closure of universities across the country, to enable students to participate in the 2023 general elections.
In a letter addressed to Vice-Chancellors of all universities and Directors of inter-university centres, the National Universities Commission (NUC), said that the directive was issued by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
The letter reads: “As Vice-Chancellors of all Universities and Director/Chief Executive of Inter-University Centres are quite aware that 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 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 regard for your understanding and unwavering cooperation.”