The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has said its target to double its students’ enrollment across all study centers nationwide to a million by 2024 is non-negotiable.
NOUN also disclosed that eighteen thousand students will graduate across diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate studies at its 2019 convocation ceremony scheduled for Abuja, between March 22 and 23, 2019.
Prof. Peter Okebukola, Chairman of the Governing Council of the institution, disclosed this while addressing pressmen shortly after the 54th meeting of the council which was held in Lagos.
According to Okebukola, the proposed one million enrollment is in accordance with the three-year ministerial strategic plan to increase access of qualified Nigerians to university education.
While disclosing that the FG had now gazette and published the NOUN’s Amendment Act 2018, he said this development did not only place NOUN at par with other recognized universities in the country but also provided it with full legitimacy as a full-time Open and Distance Learning institution.
He explained that the university is already repositioning itself to improve the quality of learning delivery system and make its graduate the best in the Nigerian university system and employers’ delight by 2015 as well as the best ODL University in Africa five years after.
He equally disclosed that the institution has lifted ban on its alumni association and also promoted new set of six members of staff, including Prof. McCarthy Eserinume, charging them to see their new positions as a call to grater service.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, explained that only qualified prison inmates are currently given scholarship by the university irrespective of their courses of study and levels and not students with specific needs.
He added by saying that the aim of limiting the scholarship to prisoners is because their movement is restricted and they have no personal means of livelihood.