Former Nigerian president, Obasanjo resumes duties as NOUN facilitator


A former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has on Thursday assumed duty as a students’ facilitator at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). recalls that Mr Obasanjo became the first graduate of the institution last December to ever hold a PhD awarded by it.

We had also reported that he was the oldest Nigerian known to have acquired a PhD in this list of octogenarians who we tagged ‘not too old to learn’.

Also, soon after the convocation ceremony of the school held earlier in the year, Vice-Chancellor of the university, Abdalla Adamu, had appointed the former president as a facilitator.

The octogenarian was spotted at the institution’s Abeokuta Study Centre in Ogun State meeting with two final-year undergraduate students of Christian Theology, assigned to him by the university for supervision.

Olusegun Obasanjo with his students

A facilitator is a part-time academic coordinator for students in the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system which open universities operate.

Mr Obasanjo’s pioneering PhD feat at NOUN was in Christian Theology during NOUN’s 7th Convocation ceremony earlier this year in Abuja.

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