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FG Makes U-turn, Withdraws Order for Varsities Reopening

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The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC), has withdrawn its circular ordering vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and governing councils to re-open federal universities.

The GWG had previously reported that a circular titled NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 was sent to all vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities, instructing them to re-open universities.

The commission, however, withdrew the order in another circular titled NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which was also signed by the NUC’s Director, Finance and Account, Sam Onazi.

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Though it did not explain why. The letter tagged, “withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated September 23, 2022” partly read, “I have been directed to withdraw the NUC Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated September 23, 2022 on the above
subject.

“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn. All pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils, as well as vice-chancellors of federal universities are to please note. Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.

“Please accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards”

Recall that Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Monday, said the Federal Government owned her Universities and can decide when to close and open the institutions.

ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Professor Ayoola Akinwole, who stated this in Ibadan, said that the Union never shut down the Universities

He said her members would not be in classes but will continue to do their research and community services.

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