The Federal Government has withdrawn its order to vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to re-open federal universities in the country.
Earlier, the Federal Government had through the National Universities Commission, in a circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 and addressed to all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities ordered the reopening of universities.
However 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, PUNCH.
The circular 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Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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.”
In another report by Vanguard, facts have emerged on why the Government reversed itself on the decision to reopen public universities despite the ongoing strike by members of the ASUU.
Vanguard gathered that pressure from opinion leaders and other stakeholders interested in resolving the face-off between the union and the government led to the government asking that the circular, earlier sent to mandate the reopening of the universities, be withdrawn.
A source said: