National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to graduate 20,799 students come 23rd of March 2019, among total numbers graduated 103 of them to be awarded First Class degree.
The ceremonies is the 8th convocation ceremony held every year since the commencement of the university.
The information was disclose by the NOUN Vice-Chancellor Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, in a press conference hold on Tuesday at the university headquarters, Jabi District, Abuja.
According him, Open Distance Learning (ODL) is weapon of mass instructions, and a way yo del training.
He also stress on the issue of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) he said following the President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent December 7, 2018 to the National Open University Amendment Act, graduates of the university will henceforth participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
On the issue of of law graduates from the university, he said, her graduate can also participate in Nigerian Law School.
Mr Adamu explains that the Act allows the National Open University to operate as other universities in Nigeria.
As such NOUN also has the same power and functions and the same structure of administration like other universities, which eliminate discrimination of her graduate.
He said “Negotiations have started between NOUN and agencies responsible for NYSC and Law School. We are also willing to accept whatever conditions are given to accept our students in Law School and NYSC.”
The vice-chancellor also said that is NOUN gives opportunity to those that lost hope in Nigeria in the pursuit of university education.
“It is only NOUN that gives opportunity to prisoners to study, while at the same time serving their jail terms.
“Presently, we have more than 400 prisoners who are studying under NOUN. There is also a particular prisoner who was sentenced to life imprisonment, but he is undergoing his PhD studies. Very soon we will engage him as our facilitator.”
Mr Adamu also revealed that Olusegun Obasanjo the former Nigerian president, receives N40,000 yearly as an allowance for being a facilitator of the university.
“Mr Obasanjo’s allowance is N40,000 a year and he is happy being our facilitator. He has an office in our Abeokuta Study Centre, where we attached to him two students of Christian Theology.”