Students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) can now heave a sigh of relief as President Muhammadu Buhari assents the National Open University Amendment Act 2018.
This is based on the disclosure by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang to State House correspondents on Friday in Abuja.
“President Buhari has also assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures,” he said.
Before the presidential assent, graduates and students of the institution have decried the alleged discrimination against them to participate in the one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme that their counterparts regular university programmes ordinarily benefit from.
EduCeleb.com recalls for the NOUN graduates in the past, the NYSC used to issue a “Letter of Exclusion from National Service”.
The graduates in the law faculty too hitherto don’t join in the Nigerianaw School upon graduation making it impossible for them to practice law. This situation had also attracted outcry from the affected in the past.
The President’s assent to the National Open University Amendment Act 2018 has now addressed the issues raised by the students of the institution.
This is just as the Act eliminates possible discrimination against programmes and products of the university.
Beyond the opportunity it gives the graduates, Enang also revealed provisions and guidelines were also given in it for the creation of study centres but did not give further details about it.
“It has also allowed the establishment of some centres to be called study centres and given conditions for the establishment of such study centres,” Senator Enang added.