BREAKING: Buhari’s government makes U-turn, withdraws order to reopen universities

The Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, through the National Universities Commission (NUC) has withdrawn its circular which ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and governing councils to re-open federal universities.

Recall, that it was earlier reported that the government in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of the NUC, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed ordered vice-chancellors to re-open schools and allow students to resume lectures.

“Ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; Restore the daily activities and routines of the various University campuses”, the letter partly reads.

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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.

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“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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”

This is coming days after the national industrial court of Nigeria has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike and resume academic activities.

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