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Federal Government reverses its decision to reopen universities

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Vice-chancellors should not reopen their universities for students to resume their studies, as per the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) earlier directive.

According to an earlier report in Peoples Gazette, the federal government asked NUC to write vice chancellors, pro chancellors, and chairs of governing councils requesting that universities reopen.

The NUC’s Director of Finance and Account, Sam Onazi, signed a statement from the commission announcing the order’s cancellation.

The order to retract the NUC’s circular from September 23 has been rescinded, according to Mr. Onazi’s statement from September 26.

“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.”

Since February, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike in protest of the federal government’s refusal to comply with the requests of the academics.

On the other hand, the National Industrial Court mandated on Wednesday that ASUU members halt their current strike and resume working in the classroom.

The union stated they would appeal the ruling and rejected the court order.

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