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2023: NUC Mandates Shutdown Of Varsities Nationwide For Elections

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has ordered the shutdown of all universities nationwide to allow students to exercise their civic duty by participating in the 2023 general elections.
NUC in a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of all universities and directors of inter-university centres, obtained by Herald Reporters, stated that the directive was given by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
“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 22 February and 14th March 2023.
NUC Letter
“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”, the letter read.
AllNews Nigeria reports that Individuals have called on the government to give the students, who make up 26 million of the total population of Nigeria, a break for school work and allow them to vote during the elections.

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