The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will on Saturday graduate 20,799 students at the 8th convocation ceremony of the institution, as 103 of them are to be awarded First Class certificates.
Prof. Abdalla Adamu, Vice Chancellor of the institution, made this known at a press conference on Tuesday at the institution’s headquarters in Abuja.
Adamu said as a weapon of mass instruction, people are now accepting Open Distance Learning (ODL) as a way and system of self-training.
The VC said following President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the NOUN Act, graduates of the institution will henceforth participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Law graduates can also go to the Nigerian Law School.
He stated that NOUN also has the same power and functions and the same administrative structures as other universities, thus discriminating against its products.
“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 VC stated.
The Vice Chancellor of the institution also revealed that a former President, Olusegun Obasanja, receives N40,000 annually as an allowance for being a facilitator of the university.
“Olusegun Obasanjo’s allowance is N40,000 per year and he is happy being our facilitator. He has an office in our Abeokuta Study Center, where we attached to him two students of Christian Theology,” he said.
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