The prior order from the federal government to vice-chancellors, chairmen of governing councils, and provosts of public universities to reopen the schools for academic activities has been retracted.
The National Universities Commission, NUC, announced the withdrawal in a circular on Monday night.
The circular with reference number: “NUC/ES/138/Vil.64/136 was titled: “Re: Forwarding of Court Judgement and Enforcement of Order by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in Suit No.NICN/ABJ/270/2022.: Withdrawal of Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135.”
In a letter to vice-chancellors and chairs of governing councils, the National Universities Commission (NUC) issued a circular with the following heading: “I have been directed to withdraw the National Universities Commission (NUC) circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol64/135, a d dated 23rd September 2022 on the above subject. As a result, the aforementioned circular is withdrawn.
“All pro-chancellors and chairmen of Governing Councils, as well as vice-chancellors of the 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.”
The appeal against the ruling of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, according to a source, did not go unopposed by the withdrawal of the directive.
According to what was learned, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, through a group of attorneys, had appealed the court’s ruling, and the NUC had been reminded to put its plan into action.
According to the source, the commission was also reminded that the defendant had successfully obtained a stay of execution of the court’s decision ordering it to resume operations.