The Nigerian Government Issues Directive for Universities to Temporarily Close for Student Involvement in the 2023 General Election.
According to Chris Maiyaki, the Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) of the National Universities Commission (NUC), a new directive has been issued and will take effect starting on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.
Maiyaki pointed out that the directive was in line with a directive from Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
He stated that the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities and the Director/Chief Executive of Inter-University Centers are aware that the 2023 General Elections have been scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023, for the Presidential and National Assembly, and on Saturday, March 11, 2023, for the Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections, respectively.
As a result of the concerns raised about the security of staff, students, and properties of the institutions, the Honorable Minister of Education, Mal. Adama Adamu, following extensive consultations with the relevant security agencies, has ordered the closure of all Universities and Inter-University Centers and the suspension of academic activities between February 22 and March 14, 2023.
This shutdown came shortly after the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) requested that President Muhammadu Buhari shut down all tertiary institutions until after the February 25 and March 11 elections.
The Vice-President of NANS, Akinteye Babatunde, emphasized that this shutdown would give students the chance to obtain their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs).
Babatunde called on the federal government of Nigeria to temporarily close all tertiary institutions, providing students with the opportunity to collect their PVCs from their local government areas and participate in the upcoming elections.
Source: The Guardian