- The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed all vice-chancellors not to re-open federal universities
- The commission had earlier given the directive for the reopening of the federal universities after court ordered ASUU to resume work
- It is not immediately clear why the universities regulation body withdrew its earlier directive on reopening
FCT, Abuja - The federal government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC), has withdrawn its circular which ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open federal universities.
A circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 had earlier been addressed to all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities.
However, in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136 on Monday, September 26, which was also signed by the Director, Finance and Account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order, according to a report by The Punch.
The universities commission did not explain why it backtracked.
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The NUC 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“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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”
ASUU takes decision after court directs lecturers' union to call off strike
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to appeal the order by the National Industrial Court, directing the lecturers' union to call off its strike and resume work immediately.
The union said it had started assembling its lawyers led by a renowned human rights activist, Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), to file an appeal.
The chairman of the union, Lagos zone, Adelaja Odukoya, in a statement urged members of the union to remain calm and united to fight till the end.