FG orders closure of polytechnics for 2023 elections

By DADA AYOKHAI

The Federal Government (FG) has ordered the closure of all polytechnics in the country for the 2023 general election.

The latest development is coming barely a week after the FG ordered the closure of all universities in the country.

The directive was contained in a circular issued by the Federal Ministry of Education, directing the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Bugaje to communicate to Rectors and Provosts of polytechnics.

The letter dated February 10, 2023, was signed by Mr I. O Folorunsho, on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

“In view of concerns expressed on the security of staff, students and properties of our respective Institutions, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has, following extensive consultations with the relevant security agencies, directed that all Polytechnics be shut down.

“And academic activities will be suspended between Wednesday, February 22 and Tuesday, March 14, 2023,” the letter read.

The minister also urged the NBTE boss to communicate the directive to all the institutions under his regulatory functions.

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