The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered the closure of universities across Nigeria to enable students to participate in the 2023 general election.

The NUC gave the directive via a letter addressed to Vice-Chancellors of all universities and directors of inter-university centres in the country.

The commission stated that the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, gave the directive after a meeting with security agencies in the country.

It noted that Adamu directed that all universities and inter-university centres in the country must be shut down and academic activities be suspended between February 22 and March 14, 2023.

The letter read: “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, Mallam 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,” the NUC noted.


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