NOUN Graduates Will Soon Be Able To Participate In NYSC, Law School – VC

The graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria,
NOUN, will soon be able to participate in the National Youth
Service Corps, NYSC, and the Nigerian Law School, Abdallah
Adamu, the vice chancellor of the institution has said.
Mr. Adamu made this known in an interview with PREMIUM
“The fact is that the National University Commission(NUC)
law doesn’t allow those who do part time studies to do NYSC
and the original act that established NOUN says we offer
courses by correspondence and that is the expression NYSC
is using to say ‘if it’s a correspondence course then it is part
time, if its part time then the students are not eligible for
“That’s why our students can’t go for NYSC. So, we have to
remove that clause on our act that indicates we are part
“We want to amend the act. That is why we have been going
to the National Assembly. We even had a public hearing.
Luckily, it’s not even us that is now initiating it, it’s now the
legislators themselves. They sponsor the bill themselves. It
passed the first reading, passed the second reading then we
went for public hearing and it passed public hearing and
they brought it back to us just on Monday for any
amendment before it will go for final hearing before it goes
to the president for assent,” the professor said.
Mr. Adamu also said NOUN admission strength is on the
rise. He said in 2001, about 32,400 students gained
admission into the institution. The intake rose in 2011 to
57,759. Currently about 400,000 students are registered.
With 75 study centres across the country, NOUN offers over
50 programmes and 750 courses
The institution suspended its law programme on the advice
of the NUC pending the resolution of the inability of its
graduates to go to law school, the don said.
Mr. Adamu, however, said he expects the National Assembly
to pass the appropriate bill to allow for law graduates to go
to law school.
“When the bill is passed into law, then they have no right to
block our students from participating. In fact, we can even
sue them for denying our graduates their rights because we
are no longer part time.”
When queried on what would be the fate of previously
graduated students of NOUN, the professor brought a file
that contains a list of all NOUN graduates and said, “this is
the list of NOUN students who have graduated but could not
go for NYSC, they are given exemption certificates and we
are taking care of that. The only problem are those who are
not up to 30 years who couldn’t collect exemption letters.
Maybe by the time the process of amending the act must
have been over they will be up to 30 and then we give them
exemption letters.”
The National Open University of Nigeria is a federal Open
and Distance Learning(ODL) institution, the first of its kind in
the West African sub-region. It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary
institution in terms of student numbers and is popularly
referred to as ‘NOUN’.