The Federal Government is to establish more learning centres for the National Open University of Nigeria to ensure that Nigerians gain access to quality and affordable education.
President Muhammadu Buhari stated this in a message to the 8th convocation of the National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to NOUN amendment Act in December last year has restored confidence to thousands of youths to the open and distance learning system of education
President Buhari said government will continue to deploy the necessary resources and facilities through direct budgetary funding, TETFund intervention and NEEDs assessment to ensure the provision of quality tertiary education is guaranteed .
President Buhari who was represented by the Deputy executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, Mr Victor Onuoha explained that education was important to the growth and development of the nation and stressed the need for expansion of the open and distance learning of education for more access
The Pro-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Professor Peter Okebukola said with the publication of the Gazetted NOUN Act, the institution is confident that the authorities of the council of Legal Education and the National Youth Service corps NYSC would be willing to discuss with NOUN to enable its graduates access the services offered by the agencies
The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Abdalla Adamu said the graduation of over twenty thousand students was the highest in the history of the institution and also the highest single graduation of students in a single year.
The Best grauating student, Bala Magaji who got first class in Bachalors of Arts in Islamic Studies attributed his success to hardwork and determination
Out of the over twenty thousand graduates, Fifteen thousand six hundred and forty two were undergraduates with one hundred and three receiving first class degrees while the five thousand one hundred and fifty seven were postgraduates.