The regulatory agency for universities in Nigeria, the National Universities Commission has ordered the closure of universities across the country. This is to enable students to participate in the 2023 general elections. In a letter addressed to vice-chancellors of all universities and directors of inter-university centres, the NUC noted that the directive was based on the directive of the minister of education, Adamu Adamu.
The schools will be shut down between 25th February and 14th march 2023. This measure has been taken to permit students to be a part of both the Presidential and National Assemblies. They urge students to also be actively involved in the governorship and state house of assembly elections.
This comes after calls from the public for students to be allowed to take part in the approaching elections. The students according to the Inec data are over 26 million. The closure of Universities is therefore in a bid to ensure active citizen participation.