The Federal Government has made a U-turn in its order urging federal universities Vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors to reopen the federal institutions in the country.
The withdrawal order was contained in another circular by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the body that supervises university education in the country.
The latest circular marked NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136 and signed by NUC’s Director (Finance and Account) Sam Onazi, was addressed to all vice-chancellors; pro-chancellors, and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.
The statement partly reads, “ I have been directed to withdraw the NUC Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated 23″ September 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“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn.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.”
It would be recalled that the government issued the first circular dated September 26 as a step to enforce the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) order on university teachers to resume work.
The university teachers have been on strike since February 14, 2022, over government’s failure to implement agreements reached with them.