The federal government on Monday directed all Polytechnics in the country to shut down until after the February 25 and March 11 elections.
The development came a week after issuing a similar directive for 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 of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Idris Bugaje, to communicate to rectors and provosts of polytechnics.
The letter was signed by I.O. Folorunsho for education minister Adamu Adamu and dated February 10.
“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,” said the letter. “And academic activities will be suspended between Wednesday, February 22 and Tuesday, March 14, 2023.”
The minister had urged the NBTE boss to communicate the above to all the institutions under his regulatory functions.