2023 Elections: NUC orders closure of universities to enable students to vote.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has issued an order for the temporary closure of all universities in the country in advance of the 2023 general elections.
The aim of the closure is to allow students to participate in the electoral process as registered voters.
A letter outlining the decision was sent to the Vice Chancellors of universities and directors of inter-university centers.
The letter stated that the Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adama Adamu made the decision following consultations with relevant security agencies and expressed concerns about the security of students, staff, and properties of educational institutions.
The letter directed Vice Chancellors and inter-university center executives to close their respective institutions from February 22nd to March 14th, 2023, during which academic activities would be suspended.
According to data from the Independent National Electoral Commission, over 26 million students are registered to participate in the 2023 general elections.
The elections, which include both Presidential and National Assembly contests and Gubernatorial and State Assembly races, will take place on February 25th and March 11th, respectively.
The NUC’s decision is intended to ensure the safety and security of students, staff, and properties of educational institutions during the electoral period, and to allow students to exercise their civic duty as registered voters.
The Executive Secretary of the NUC has expressed gratitude for the understanding and cooperation of all concerned parties.
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”