The federal government has withdrawn the circular directing vice chancellors to reopen universities for resumption of lectures. gathered the latest decision was contained in a circular signed by Sam Onazi, director of finance and account of the National Universities Commission (NUC).

“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,” the circular reportedly reads.

“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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.

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“Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.”

The development comes amid back-and-forth deliberations — as well as a court order — over the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in February over funding of public universities, allowances for lecturers, among other issues.

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After several meetings between the union and the federal government failed to yield any concrete result, the government had filed a suit against ASUU at the national industrial court.

The court, on September 21, ordered the lecturers to resume work.

However, the union has responded by filing an appeal seeking a stay of execution on the decision of the national industrial court.

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