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The reason for this closure is due to concerns about the safety of staff, students, and university properties during the upcoming general elections, which will take place from February 25 to March 14. The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, gave the directive for the closure after consulting with relevant security agencies. 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.
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“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 are 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.
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“Please, accept the renewed assurances of the Executive Secretary’s highest regard for your understanding and unwavering cooperation”.According to reports reaching ConnectNigeria, there have been calls from the public to close down tertiary institutions so that students can participate in the 2023 elections. Data from the Independent National Electoral Commission shows that over 26 million students are registered to vote. Featured Image Source: Businessday NG
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