ASUU Strike: FG Makes U-Turn, Withdraws Order To Reopen Universities

The National Universities Commission, on behalf of the Federal Government, has rescinded a circular on Monday afternoon that instructed vice chancellors, pro chancellors, and governing councils to reopen federal universities.

As previously reported, all vice chancellors, pro chancellors, and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities received a circular with the subject line NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 directing them to reopen their institutions.

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But in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which was also signed by the Director, Finance and Account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order, but did not explain why.

The letter tagged, “withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated September 23, 2022” partly read, stated, “I have been directed to withdraw the NUC Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated September 23, 2022 on the above

“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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,” it added.