Following a decision from the National Universities Commission, the administration of Babcock University in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, has declared a suspension of academic operations from Wednesday, February 22 to Sunday, March 14, 2023.
Prior to the country’s 2023 Presidential and Governorship elections, the NUC has mandated the shutdown of all universities to enable students go to cast their votes.
In a letter of notification sent to students and parents, the university’s director of marketing and communication, Dr. Joshua Suleiman, announced the suspension of academic activities.
The statement read, “Sequel to the directive from the office of the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission to vice chancellors of all universities and inter-university centres in Nigeria, in a letter dated Friday 3rd February 2023, the Senate of Babcock University at her meeting of Friday 10th February 2023 has decided to shut down and suspend academic activities from Wednesday 22nd February 2023 to Tuesday 14th March 2023.
“The National Universities Commission cited the 2023 general elections, which have been scheduled to hold on Saturday 25th February 2023, for the presidential and National Assembly elections, and Saturday 11th March 2023 for the governorship and State Assembly elections respectively, as well as concerns on the security of staff, students and properties of the different institutions during the election period as reasons that informed the directive.
“Babcock University as a law-abiding and responsible corporate citizen is complying with the directive and suspending academic activities from Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Consequently, all students should vacate their halls of residence on Wednesday, February 22.
“The second semester resumption and online registration for 100 Level & 200 Level Direct Entry/Transfer Students is Wednesday, March 15, 2023, and classes will begin immediately.”
He claims that the university’s Senate decided to halt academic activity over the weekend in response to the NUC’s order to the VCs of all universities.
Suleiman stated that starting on Wednesday, all students must depart their living halls.
The notice reads further, “Arrival of all other students (200L-600L) is from Thursday, March 16 to Friday, March 17, 2023.
“All students should note that all hall and room allocations remain the same. In other words, they are to check into the hall/room allocated to them prior to vacating campus on Wednesday 22nd February 2023.
“Let us keep safe as we exercise our civic rights.”