ASUU Strike: FG withdraws directive to VCs to reopen universities

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Hours after issuing a directive asking vice-chancellors, chairmen of governing councils and pro-chancellors to reopen for the resumption of lectures, the federal government has withdrawn the circular.

The withdrawal was contained in a circular by the National Universities Commission (NUC) on Monday evening, September 26.

According to Vanguard, the circular with reference number: ”NUC/ES/138/Vil.64/136 was titled: “Re: Forwarding of Court Judgement and Enforcement of Order by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Suit No.NICN/ABJ/270/2022.: Withdrawal of Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135.”

The circular was signed by NUC Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr Sam Onazi, on behalf of the commission’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, and addressed to vice-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils.

“I have been directed to withdraw the National Universities Commission (NUC) circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol64/135, dated 23rd September 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 Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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 the 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 reads.