2023 Elections: NUC Orders Closure Of Universities To Allow Students To Vote
More than 26 million students signed up to vote in the general elections in 2023.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
The National Institutions Commission (NUC) has ordered the shutdown of all universities in the country to allow students to vote in the general elections in 2023.
This was notified in a letter to all university vice-chancellors and directors of inter-university centers.
The letter reads, “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 February 22 and March 14, 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”
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission, approximately 26 million students have registered to vote in the 2023 general elections.
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