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Afe Babalola Faults Closure Of Higher Institutions For Elections

By Toyeeb Omotayo

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and the Founder and Chancellor of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti Afe Babalola, has faulted the Federal Government’s decision to shut down tertiary institution  in the country over the forthcoming elections.

The Federal Government, through the National Universities Commission (NUC) had on February 9 ordered the closure of universities across the country to enable students to participate in the February 25 and March 11 general elections. Also, shut were polytechnics across the country.

But Babalola, said the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, does not have the power to direct NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed to close down tertiary institutions.

“Does the Minister of Education have the statutory power to direct the NUC to close down universities on the grounds of the forthcoming elections?” he said during the 5th induction ceremony of  123 medical doctors, who just graduated at ABUAD,  held at the Alfa Belgore Hall of the institution in Ado-Ekiti.

“Does the NUC possess the statutory power to close down all or any of the universities on the ground of the elections on the forthcoming elections? I say categorically for anybody to hear that the Education Minister has no power to give a directive to the NUC to close down any university.”

According to him, Nigeria has a criminal code and other legislations have provisions which the government and law enforcement agents could evoke to deal with any person, whatever his class, whom the security agents have reasons to believe is likely to put the security of staff, students and

Babalola also spoke on the nation’s constitution saying the problem that is causing apprehension among transactional politicians is the 1999 Constitution.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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