It’s possible that university students who applied for their Permanent Voters’ Cards outside of their schools won’t be eligible to vote in the 2023 elections.
The National Universities Commission does not have the authority to close universities so that students can participate in the 2023 elections, according to the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (NUC).
The NUC is just a regulatory organization with no authority to compel the closure of institutions, according to Gbolahan Bolarin, the ASUU chairperson of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.
Bolarin noted that it is up to the senate of every institution to take a decision on whether its school will be actively in session during the elections or shut down.
However, the Federal Ministry of Education equally wields the power to mandate institutional leadership to close down every tertiary institution across the country to enable students to exercise their civic rights.
His words: “The NUC is just a regulatory body. It doesn’t have the power to order the closure of any university. The only authority that can order this closure apart from the Senate of each institution is the Federal Ministry of Education, and the order will be given on behalf of the visitor to all the universities, which is the president.
The professor added that it is only when the education ministry has given such an order that the NUC ensures that the directives are passed down and complied with by every institution.
He said: “By the time the ministry gives the order, the NUC will comply, and the directives will be passed down.” The House of Representatives should talk to the President about this. “The NUC is powerless on this matter.”
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