June 2, 2023

ASUU Strike: Why FG Reversed Decision On Reopening Of Universities

The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission, Monday afternoon, withdrew its circular which ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open federal universities.
It was reported earlier that a circular was addressed to all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordering them to re-open universities.
The latest circular calling for the nullification of the previous one was dated September 26, 2022, and signed by the same person, Mr Sam Onazi, the Director of Finance and Accounts, NUC. It was referenced NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/ 136.
The circular stated thus: Re: Forwarding of court judgment and enforcement of the 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.
“I have been directed to withdraw the National Universities Commission, NUC, circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 and 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 Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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 federal universities are to please note. Further, development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.”
Recall earlier, while reacting to the directive for the universities to be reopened, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, had told Vanguard that the FG was not talking to his members.

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