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FG reverses order to reopen universities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has reversed its order that vice-chancellors should reopen universities for students to return back to school.

Earlier, the federal government directed NUC to issue a letter to vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and chairmen governing councils that universities should reopen.

In a statement signed by Sam Onazi, the NUC’s Director of Finance and Account, the commission announced the withdrawal of the order, without giving reasons.

Mr Onazi, in the statement dated September 26, announced that the order to withdraw the NUC’s circular dated September 23, consequently stands withdrawn.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.”

Meanwhile, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities has said it did not receive any official information on the call for resumption by the NUC or any government ministry.