The National Universities Commission (NUC), has ordered the management of universities across the country to close to enable students to participate in the poll.
The order was contained in a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of all universities and directors of inter-university centers by the NUC.
According to the letter, the decision is based on concerns about the security of lives and properties in public institutions during the general elections coming up by end of the month.
“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, 25th February 2023, for the Presidential and National Assembly, and Saturday, 11th March 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. 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 22nd February and 14th March 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”.